Quinhagak, Alaska 2012

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We arrived in Anchorage after a long flight from Europe, but the two days stopover was a wise thing to do. Visiting fantastic tackle shops and restaurants in the city of Anchorage was a nice way of kick starting the trip. New flies for a new type of fishing was important for all of us. The place was buzzing with excitement and anticipation

The flight from Anchorage to Bethel took 90 minutes and when we disembarked from the plane we headed across the tarmac to the smaller aeroplanes that were waiting for us. After a short 25 minute flight we arrived in Quinhagak. The guides were waiting with the bus where we left for the river, and after a 20 min boat ride up the river we arrived in the comfortable camp. We were allocated comfortable 2 bedded tents with wooden floors and and heater if required. Every day the tents were cleaned and the beds was made up whilst we fished. The camp serve some fantastic locally sourced food for breakfast and dinner; the lunch we make ourself and bring in a cooler on the boat.

The Kanektok River is made for flyfishing. The guides are provided with aluminium boats with water jet engines to transport us around safely and efficiently up and down the river system. The guides have extensive knowledge of the river and are very skilled flyfishers. They tell us what to use and how to present our flies to our quarry, whether Kings, Chum, Dolly and Rainbow Trout. These make up the bulk of the fish we catch, but some Pinks and Silver are also a possibility during the week. We had 400 hookups of Kings, with a 42lber, the biggest landed by the talented Yves. Chum salmon; there must have been way over 1000, even great sport on dryfly, biggest 16lbs. Some great sport for Rainbow with a dry mouse fly was something everyone had to try; awesome action. We will be back, year after year, what a great place, staff and camp, thanks all. Looking forward to amazing sport when we return.

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