This will be a quick one guys as I am super busy and don't have lots of extra time. We have lots of groups on the river so lets get started.
Lets start with the up river conditions and fishing:
We have had 2 groups do the Paxon to Sourdough run and the first pulled off last night. The water clarity is good from Paxon down to the West Fork. The West fork is spewing out all of the mud that is causing the lower section to be dirty. Everything above the West fork is in good shape. The guys who pulled out last night reported that the water level was high coming through the canyon but very runnable. The Picked Fence and Rock Garden is in good shape and lots of good water to maneuver through all of the obstacles and the falls is an easy line and recovery. Fishing The guys hammered the Lakers in lower Paxon and Rainbows from the Canyon down. The Rainbows were gorged on smolts and they did well on both small meps and wet fly s. I should have some pics in a few days from the early groups.
I ran the Poplar Grove to bridge section on sunday as well as having some groups doing the Sailors Pit to Bridge section. The water was crazy high on Saturday and Sunday. It was so high on Saturday that you could not pull your truck down on to the beach trail below the campground because of water. Yesterday day we saw the water recede almost 2 feet and many of the gravel bars are now showing themselves for the first time this summer. Only a few sweepers to worry about but the flow is fast and you need to be heads up as you come up upon them fast.
Fishing: Kings fishing has been slow and most of that is due to the amount of water in the river. We are seeing flush being landed but there is was so much water for the Kings to swim that the normal holes were not producing.
I am expecting to see the river much lower in the next 2-3 days and getting clearer as it drops. I talked with a pilot who flew the West Fork and the snow pack at the headwaters of the West fork is still causing lots of fast and muddy flow. We may not see the lower Gulkana clear up to normal levels fro a bit.
There you have it!
I have to go get some gear ready for some up river groups!