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    I'm brand new to boating. I have a G3 with a 40hp outboard jet. I've taken the boat from Deshka Landing to about one mile up the Deshka twice this summer. I would like to try a new river and I'm wondering if anyone can suggest a stetch of river in the Valley or on the Kenai that is friendly to boaters with little experience?

    Earlier in the summer I was a passenger in a boat that fished a stretch of the Kenai just below Funny River. There were a couple of large boulders on river left that were obvious, and one that we hit that was just below the surface of the water. As a passenger, it seemed like stretch of water that I might want to try. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    Actually, I learned alot running the Deshka. Other rivers, the Big Su, Wood, and Tanana rivers are the bulk of my experience. More to help you learn "how" rahter than "where" is a thread from the past that you may find useful; http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...river+jet+boat

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    Hit the knik, put in upstream of the old glen bridge, grab some friends, some food and drink and go for it, you will learn more from a few good stucks and hard pushes than you could from all the forums, your boat is easy to push, the knik is a soft bottom so nothing gets hurt but pride, and maybe you impellor if you don't shut it down quick when you get stuck, just remember if it is shallow, full throttle helps, bring waders because the water is cold, everyone gets stuck sometimes, have fun.

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    That link from .338WM is a good read.....

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    The river is your best learning tool. I still get a little nervous running around but a friend willing to help push the boat off a gravel bar is always helpful. Bring an extra prop and go to town.
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    Ya deshka is a good river to learn on I reckon. There are a lot of nice boulders to keep you alert! I went up 28 miles Friday and it was very very low.

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    Akgravel's advice tested and approved!

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    Remember, if you run shallow waters, you're going to hit! Just accept it, put that in your head, it's inevitable..

    So, with that being said, take in as much info as you can, do your research, and then just go do it. Talking to seasoned boat operators and info searching helps, and little easy trips will help give you a good mindset, but the more time on the water is best. With that, your confidence builds. Get out there and shake your nerves once or twice, make quick decisions, and a good "stuck" will teach you more than anything. A lot of it is easier then some people might think. Knowing you and your boats capabilities is huge. Respect ALL rivers, even the easy looking slow stuff. Good luck...

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    I can't believe I'm saying this, but, 20 mile river is as good as any river to learn on so long as you don't go too far up the river and stay away from the glacial side. I cut my teeth there REALLY hard and have the helicopter footage to prove it. Of course I was WAY too far up the river.

    If you get messed up, it is down stream to your car, not too far from home and you cell phone works. Good practice treading water, reading water both tidal and not. Good fishing, real pretty and not too crowded. Just be conscious of the moose hunters, they don't really like the jet boaters darting around all day scaring up all the critters.

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    I've been up the Yentna a couple times in the last two weeks and its a pretty easy run. Getting there from Deska landing is the hardest part and its not really that bad. The fishing up there has also been pretty good. Were going back up Saturday morning.

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