At Alaska West, we’re really, really lucky to call the Kanektok River our home. Our camp is located on the Kanektok, 6 miles from its mouth. If you told us we could have a camp anywhere in Alaska, we’d pick the Kanektok, 6 miles from its mouth.
Here are 9 reasons we love the Kanektok.
- It’s a fish factory. Every year without fail, the river gets packed with fish. If you haven’t seen it, or heck even if you have, the biomass is just amazing.
- It’s got the salmon grand slam. All five salmon species, all on flies. Ridiculous.
- It’s got real swinging for kings. It’s like winter steelhead fishing, only they’re bigger and stronger and there are more of ’em.
- It’s got giant rainbows. They’re not all huge, but the rainbow of your lifetime lives in the Kanektok.
- It’s got wadeable side channels. Drifting through big water fishing around snags is fun, but so is walking up a tiny side channel, spotting trout in gin-clear water and throwing flies at them.
- It’s too far to fly from Bristol Bay. There’s no float plane traffic here. There’s no getting up early to get the good water. We’re just too far to access for the float plane fleet that’s based at the Bristol Bay flyout lodges.
- It almost never goes out. The Kanektok is a low-gradient river that’s surrounded by tundra. Tundra acts like a giant sponge, so it takes an awful lot of rain to put this river out.
- As remote as it is, access is easy. We run a charter flight direct from Anchorage to Quinhagak, the Yupik village at the mouth of the river.
- There’s plenty of water for everyone. We cover 18 miles of river, much of which is heavily braided. Finding a spot to fish on your own is not a problem.
Why do you love to Kanektok? Chime in with reason #10!