Alaska fly fishing guides
Virtual Trip - Lower Base Camp - Kanektok River with Dave Duncan and Sons - Alaska


Alaska Airlines is the only major airline that flies into Bethel. There are several small private airlines that use the airport - including the airline we would be flying on - Grant Aviation.

 


The 30 minute flight from Bethel to Quinhagak flies over lots of water. You can see rivers weaving their way through miles of tundra and little lakes and ponds.

The closer we got to our destination, the smaller the planes got. This twin engine plane seated 12.

The short flight from Bethel to Quinhagak (pronounced Quin - A -Hawk) - about 30 minutes - really lets you see how much water there is in the area. While most of the rivers will have some fish, no river has the kind of salmon runs the Kanektok has. Certain Alaska rivers are noted for prolific runs of a specific species - like the Kings on on the Kenai for example, but it would be hard to find any river that has the huge runs of all the salmon species as well as world-class Rainbow fishing. With so many fly out lodges, it's hard to have a quiet little secret spot like this anymore. There is no shoulder to shoulder fishing here - you are fishing in pure solitude. Another nice thing about the Kanektok is there are no float plane fly in areas, so they are not an issue.

The Kanektok River is the complete package - the real deal.

 

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