Alagnak river float

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  1. jumbo215

    jumbo215 Jasper hickman

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    Our group is finailly getting a serious float trip together, we are pretty locked on the Alagnak river, and targeting rainbows. The question I have is out of June or July what would the best time to be up there?
     
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    Been There, Done That, only we were after sockeye. 4th of July has been our date for the start of the sockeye run, fantastic fishery. Check out Branch River Air, Van Hartley for recommendations on best time for Rainbows. I know people that have targetted rainbows and done great but not sure of the dates they prefer. We spent 12 days on the river and caught a few 'bows and grayling but the sockeye were non-stop action.
     
  3. Lugan

    Lugan Joe Streamer

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    I did that in 1998 from the source at the lake (forgot the name) to a few miles below the big lodge on the river (forgot that name too). We were there in mid-August and it was too early for silvers or bows, but too late for kings. We did fine, but if was a mixed bag. Great adventure though. Just be sure to take very careful bear precautions because they're everywhere. Camp on islands is my #1 bit of advice.
     
  4. jockomontana

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    Timing depends on what species you are targeting... The Alagnak gets all 5 species of salmon returning, with sockeyes being most plentiful, mid-June to mid-July. However, if it is quality rainbows that you seek then you should consider going in late August or early September. If it is a Do-it-yourself wilderness float, then get dropped in at Nonvianuk Lake and float for 4-5 days... fish the braids hard, then get picked up on the lower river... plenty of places to land a float plane down there. Logistically, you could fly commercial to King Salmon, then charter a bush plane, or drive a rental to Soldotna and charter a bush plane from there. I've used High Adventure Air out of Soldotna for two Alagnak fall trips and they've been excellent to deal with.

    hope this helps. good luck!
     
  5. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    Hope you don't mind 26 foot wooly jet sleds passing you all day... I'd seriously consider a different river if you are into rainbows or solitude. That being said...

    I get paid to be there...
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    shoot me a PM with questions I know the river decently
     
  6. Brazda

    Brazda Fly Fishing guide "The Bogy House" Lodge

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    I have a few yearly trips up there on that very same water, if you are serious about Rainbows go on the opener about mid June 14-16 depending on the calendar year. It is a swing fishery with some nymphing possable, and great streamer fishing on the move. For a more mixed bag (salmon)and still some good rainbow fishing you can fish as late as mid July after that the bulk of the bows are above the lake (Nonvianek) chasing eggs in the feeders.
    This is from a July trip i did this season the water was very high and the bows that fed on the fry all June had re-enterd the lake, not normal at all. This is a trip I like to do once a season it is a six day float out of King Salmon. PM me or call and I can give better information on the fishery.
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  7. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    Ha I saw you guys camped above Trappers this summer I thought those tents looked familiar when I saw that vid!
     
  8. Brazda

    Brazda Fly Fishing guide "The Bogy House" Lodge

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    Awesome, wished you would of stopped by for a drink and some Rainbow talk, it was the toughest rainbow fishing I have seen there ever, doing the Goodnews and Kanectok next season...
     
  9. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    Yeah this year was really really really tough... A couple more years of cool high water and it'll rebound... 70° water is fish killin' temps...
     
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    Ringlee Doesn't care how you fish Moderator

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    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    the new permits are for non guides, guides have needed permits for those rivers for a long time...
     
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    jumbo215 Jasper hickman

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    thanks for input
     
  13. snarlac

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    what are AK-PM's camera setting?

    Those are nice pictures; I have a first digital camera and can't do shinola with it.

    can you clue me in on some settings for taking pics of fish? (ISO, flash or not, macro or not, zoom, whatever works) Anything with a flash looks like crap to me, and I can't get the flipping thing to focus like you; I mean look at your last picture, everything from the fish scales to the water surface is in perfect focus.

    There has to be an easier way than taking a million bad pictures; just thought I'd ask....
     
  14. teylor1975

    teylor1975 Patagonia Argentina South America

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    I was there 3 years ago, second week of August, if you are going for rainbows I recommend morein river too, smaller than the alagnak but plenty of really good rainbows. we went with Chad from the rainbow river lodge.
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    good luck on your trip
    gonza
     
  15. Ulfinator

    Ulfinator New Member

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    If you go with Branch River Air you might want to consider avoiding flying with Dan if he still flies for them. This was the result of my last flight with Dan:

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