Frequently Asked Questions
Note: – Each section of our website: have their own orientation letter – located at the bottom of the page. If you don’t see the question/answer here, try there. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions 509-962-1060
First you need to do some soul searching as to what kind of experience you are looking for. If you want to catch salmon until your arms ache then our Lower camp may be for you. If you think catching big rainbows on mouse patterns sounds like fun then our Upper camp would be a good choice. If you are looking for a little more adventure with incredible fishing then you should consider our Float trips. Once you have decided on a camp then you can refer to our fish chart to decide what time of year best suits your interest.
The fishing on the “Chosen” (AKA Kanektok River) is truly world class in both of our Base Camps for all five pacific salmon , Leopard Rainbows, Arctic Char, Dolly Varden, and Grayling. Generally our Lower Camp has a little better salmon fishing because we can fish all the way to the saltwater for fish that are fresh from the sea.
Typically our Upper camp has a little better Leopard Rainbow fishing because our Upper camp is the only power boat camp located in the Wilderness Area of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge and it is in the heart of the best Trout water.
Our Base camps are seven-day trips that start and end on Saturdays. Our float trips are seven days.
Our Lower Base camp has a capacity of twelve guests. Our Upper Base camps has a capacity of ten guests. Our float trips have a capacity of eight guests and our fall Steelhead camps have a capacity of six guests.
There is no standard list of flies because the river changes so much from week to week As soon as you book a trip we send a detailed list of recommended flies and fishing gear for the specific time period that you are going. You should also check out the fishing reports to see what is happening.
We also suggest you contact Dillon Duncan for your fly selection.
He can not only help you with your fly selection – his flies are AWESOME and hold up great to the amount of fish you will catch!
We have a list of highly suggested items that we will mail out to you after you book a trip. Also – check out the Fishing report/weather report page . The weather will be a topic of each report and at the bottom of the page is a link to the local weather. It will give you an idea of what to expect. Remember it can be 75 degrees one week and in the 40’s the next. Be prepared!!
Yes, we see a few bears throughout the entire season, however it is not uncommon to go on a weeks trip without seeing a Bear. In over thirty five years we have never had a serious bear problem. We have found that a little common sense goes a long way in dealing with bears. More details on how to avoid bear problems is provided in the detail letter for each trip.
Though the summer months are Alaska’s most temperate, the weather is still volatile and moody. A balmy sun-filled day can change quickly as the wind blows in the clouds and rain. Proper clothing can ensure everyone’s comfort and enjoyment. See our “current weather/fishing reports” page
All the tents – in the Upper and Lower Base Camps – now have their own charging system that take either 12V male cigarette lighter adapter or USB. If you are doing a Float Trip one of the mini power banks is good to bring along.
Reservations should be made as early as possible due to expedition popularity. The trip cost is payable 25% on booking, 25% October 1st and 50% on March 1st. In the event of cancellation, no monies will be refunded unless the trip is resold. If the trip is resold, monies paid less 15% of the trip cost will be refunded. If payment schedules are not met, Dave Duncan & Sons, Ltd. will treat nonpayment as a cancellation. Trip cancellation and Baggage insurance is available. Dave Duncan & Sons, Ltd. reserves the right to withdraw any trip as well as the right to make any reasonable changes in schedule when it deems it necessary for the well being and comfort of its guests. Upon receipt of deposits, a supplemental list with detailed information pertinent to your trip will be sent to you.
There are many reasons to book a trip with us. We have been guiding anglers in Alaska for over thirty-five years and have developed a reputation of having the best guides in the business. Our average guide has been guiding for us in Alaska for over six years and some of our guides have been with us for as long as 15 years. Another thing that sets us apart from most sport fishing operations is that as owners we are still full time fishing guides. Most owners are managers of the camp or lodge and are not actively guiding guests on a daily basis. Our family brings over one hundred fifty years of combined experience to our guiding teams.
We are very fortunate in that we are located on one of the best, if not the best river in Alaska! There are rivers in Alaska that have great trout fishing, or great King salmon fishing, or great Silver salmon fishing, but very few have incredible fishing for Leopard Rainbows, all five salmon species, Arctic char, Dolly Varden , and Grayling. What really makes the Kanektok river world class is its fishability. With its many braids or side channels it feels like a much smaller river and is ideally suited for fly fishing.
Lower Base Camp is $5,400 per person Airfare not included
Upper Base Camp is $5,500 per person Airfare not included
Float Trips are $5,300 per person Airfare not included
Kodiak Island Steelhead Camp is $5,500 per person Airfare not included