90-Mile Float Trip - Fly Fishing
The Kanektok, also known as the “Chosen,” is an Alaskan river located 400 miles southwest of Anchorage, flowing through the majestic and massive Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, the fourth-largest National Wildlife Refuge in the US. During the 90-mile float trip, you'll see many of Alaska’s big game and common bird species in the Refuge.
Dave Duncan and Sons
Dave Duncan and Sons have guided in remote Alaska for over forty years. The Kanektok River continually grows in size and changes in character as it flows from the mountains through the foothills and finally merges with the sea.
The Duncans' 90-mile Kanektok River Float Trips are limited to four weeks each season and eight guests per week. Two anglers per guide and a top-quality raft.
The Kanektok River is world-class because of its fish-ability, with incredible fly fishing for large leopard rainbows, salmon, dolly varden, and grayling. It feels like a much smaller river with its many braids and side channels and is ideally suited for fly fishing. Strict catch-and-release fishing, except a fish or two, is occasionally kept for dinner. The upper Kanektok River has a hook size regulation of nothing larger than #1 or 1/0. Single debarbed hooks are to be used at all times.
The Float Trip: You'll take a floatplane flight to Kagati Lake, an isolated wilderness lake. Here, you'll meet up with the Duncans' guide team and begin the 90-mile float trip downriver to the village of Quinhagak, where the river meets the ocean.
Kanektok Fishing Facts:
Season: Four floats trips are available from mid-July to mid-August.
Species: See Species Chart above. Late June and July, you'll target sockeye, chums, pinks, king salmon, leopard rainbows, dolly varden, and grayling. In August, silvers and pink salmon (in even-numbered years) are in the river.
Guides: On average, their guides have been with them for six years and some as long as twenty years.
Rafts: The Duncans' boat system includes high-end 16-foot Avon Pro inflatable rafts with rowing racks and floorboards to stand on while fishing. You'll have the option of walk-and-wade type fishing or float fishing from the boats.
Fishing Equipment: No fishing equipment or tackle is provided. We’ll send a detailed list of recommended flies and gear in our confirmation packet. All camps have fly-tying benches with all the materials provided.
Licenses: are not include. A non-resident fishing license is $45.00. A king salmon tag is $45.00 (if you are targeting kings up to July 25th when it closes).
Kanektok River Float Camp
The Duncans' Camp system includes high-quality tents and camping equipment. You'll sleep on comfortable cots. The meals are great in this beautiful remote setting.
Dave Duncan and Sons have always practiced trace-free camping to preserve the beauty of this wilderness area. Absolutely nothing can be left behind.
Sample Fishing Day: The cook and guides get up at 5:00 a.m. each morning and have coffee ready by 6:00 a.m. Breakfast is served at 7:00 a.m. You're on the river by 8:30 a.m. You'll have a deli-style lunch on the river at noon. You'll usually stop at camp between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my float trips down the Chosen River. The scenery in the upper river, the fantastic dry fly fishing for Arctic char, dolly varden, and grayling,
Getting to the Put-In:
The night before the start of your trip, you'll fly from Anchorage to Bethel Airport and overnight at Papa Bear Adventures. (Airfare is not included.) Guests stay at Papa Bear Adventures, a lakeside lodge, for $80.00 per night and a special rate for Duncans’ guests. Papa Bear Adventures will pilot the floatplane to Kagati Lake. In 2021, this flight $450.00 p.p. and is also not included in the package. The return charter flight from Quinhagak to Bethel $250.00 p.p. (2021) and is not included in the package.
The Duncans' Camp:
On the float trips, you’ll stay in very comfortable camps that have warm, dry double-occupancy tents, hot riverside showers, and great fishing—right out the front door. The camps include deluxe tents, a spacious kitchen, dining facilities, a large social tent, and great meals.
2021 and 2022 Rates:
90-mile Kanektok Float Trip:
Each trip is limited to eight guests, with one guide and two guests per raft.
6-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$5,700.00 per person
Guided fishing, meals at the camp, non-alcoholic beverages, and use of all deluxe tent camping and boating equipment.
Packages Do Not Include:
Airfare, overnight in Bethel at Papa Bear Adventures ($80.00), dinner in Bethel, alcohol, gratuities, fishing license, king salmon stamp (if in season), fishing equipment, Global Rescue, IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Alcohol is not provided. You can purchase beer, wine, and up to three bottles of hard alcohol in the town of Bethel.