We just returned from another grand adventure on the Koyukuk river. This year I took my oldest son, Jackson (the red head), who is 8yo. My hunting partner from Fairbanks also brought his oldest son, Levi, who is 9yo. We departed Fairbanks for the bridge on Sept 14th to met up with two other boats. We cruised together, but hunted apart.
I left the bridge with 200 gallons of fuel. I also had my new 21p 4 blade prop on with hopes of a little better fuel economy. Only one minor mishap on the down river leg, one of the other boats prop struck a log and spun the rubber clutch. No worries just put on a spare and away we all went. On the 15th we stopped in Ruby for fuel $5.30/g, which was less expensive than the bridge $5.39/g. Then off to Galena for a final top off $7.00/g. I used about 76 gallons to Galena, which is what I used in 2010, but I averaged 5 mph faster.
We made is past the check station and spent one more night on the river before making our way to camp. We hoped to camp in the same place as last year because it is kid friendly without a high bank.