Virtual Trip - Upper Base Camp - Kanektok River with Dave Duncan and Sons - Alaska

A beautiful Kanektok River sunrise.


We had a great sleep in the comfortable tents. It was a cool night - probably in the mid 50's. Our rods were all set up and ready to grab for our first day of fishing.

Clint helps Susan land her first Arctic Char of the day.

A hearty breakfast is served at 7 am each day. Coffee is ready before 6 - for early risers. The guides are ready by their boats at 8am - though if you want to go later they are very accommodating. I didn't see anyone sleeping in this week.

Clint was our guide for day 1. He took us upriver - about a 15 minute run. We started fishing a small riffle for some Arctic Char. They are always a good warm up fish. Tough fighters, rather light biters (compared to trout) and very eager to take a fly - especially an egg pattern at this time of year.

The Arctic Char (which is a close relative to the Dolly Varden) is the Rodney Dangerfield of the fishing species - it doesn't get the respect it deserves. Sometimes they are just too easy to catch up here. Once you get your timing down, learn how to feel the nibble and give a good quick hook set, you are in for quite a little battle. They don't normally make a long run or jump, but they sure pull hard and are not a cinch to land. You catch - ten of these in a row and it's time for a little break. They can wear out your arm after a while.


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