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    Default East Fork to Parks Highway Raft Report June 2011

    BigCox and I met up to raft the East Fork over the weekend. We planned 3 days to do the the river from East Fork to Parks Hwy...(about 55 miles) looking for salmon, rainbows, and grayling. We found all three species present in the upper portion of the trip and nothing after the West Fork confluence. We used both conventional gear and fly rods.

    Nothing new to some of you that may have done the trip before, or read about it in one of the various printed or electronic media sources. For us it was a great experience on a new river. Not totally isolated, as we ran into a few other people, both known and unknown that walked in for fishing. Eagles and a couple moose was all to be seen for wildlife.

    Fishing was good, the rafting was fun, and the cherished time spent with a friend was very special indeed. Video report and pictures will be on the website soon.

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    A sweet trip indeed! I've never hooked into so many kings on the 10wt, awesome little river!

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    For those that asked.....East Fork Chulitna
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    nice fish dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by JediMasterSalmonSlayer View Post
    Fishing was good, the rafting was fun, and the cherished time spent with a friend was very special indeed. Video report and pictures will be on the website soon.

    C&R sample of a king salmon

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    Broke back........hahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowdy15 View Post
    Broke back........hahaha
    LMAO ...you got me haha
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    http://www.trophy-clips.com/view_vid...40b3822d9ea6c7

    video link above

    just for you bowdy15..haha
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    You've been hit by a smooth criminal!
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    Awesome video! That under water footage was sick! Well done try hards! lol
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    The under water shots are great!. Nice water color. So was this a pretty easy float for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by power drifter View Post
    The under water shots are great!. Nice water color. So was this a pretty easy float for you?
    No Doubt challenging in some spots, I would never underestimate a river. I would definitely do it again, we had to portage one spot on the east fork, a few more times in the braided sections where we ran it to shallow. Fun Times for sure.

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    Awesome vid guys. Looks like it was a great time. I would love to do something like that eventually.
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    Seems like you guys are always up to something! What size raft is that? Im looking into a 16' achilles
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    Did you catch kings all the way down the east fork or just in that large pool before it meets the west fork? Did you just throw vibraxs? I've floated this before but not when kings were in the river. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by akprideinvegas View Post
    Did you catch kings all the way down the east fork or just in that large pool before it meets the west fork? Did you just throw vibraxs? I've floated this before but not when kings were in the river. Thanks
    The kings weren't spread throughout the entire system, they were holding in pools every so often. They seemed to all stack up in the deeper pools. I've heard they can be stacked throughout the river, I just think we were about one week early to see those kinds of numbers.

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    Can you explain the portage. When and why? Did you guys chose to portage some white water, or is there a physical obstruction like a fallen tree?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishaholic View Post
    Can you explain the portage. When and why? Did you guys chose to portage some white water, or is there a physical obstruction like a fallen tree?

    Thanks.
    Fallen trees across the river...around mile 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akprideinvegas View Post
    Did you just throw vibraxs?
    We used both conventional and fly fishing methods with in-spinners and drifting squid/corkie rigs and spinNglow rigs primary for conventional and 10 wt fly rods with dolly-lamas, leech paterns and large streamers. (someone even tried the black fly--haha) how ever I did not try stick N string
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    The trees across the river have been removed. We couldn't get all of it but we got enough to be able to line your boat around that bend instead of unloading and portaging.

    Quote Originally Posted by bigcox View Post
    Fallen trees across the river...around mile 3.

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    RC23,

    How was your trip? More fish stories?

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