Took my first trip on the Koyukuk this fall. Great trip. Went with two buddies from work, found out afterwards it was a "bucket list" item for one of them.
Started out in Soldotna and the first day drove to the bridge. The two of them had definitely overpacked, so they lightened the load and redistributed the weight before we set out the first morning. The hadn't realized that weight really does matter when you're on a boat trip.
First day on the river got us to Ruby and we stayed the night. Second day ended at our camp at the upper end of Three Day Slough. GPS showed 464 miles from the bridge. We used 130 gallons in fuel getting there, cruising 32-34 mph.
Day three I set out early in the morning, the others slept in a bit. Shot my moose an hour's walk from camp and made it back as they were crawling out of the tent. They gave me a hard time about the little red wagon, but they didn't laugh as we easily hauled the meat back to camp in it. Some boys just don't outgrow their toys.
Second moose shot two days later and we were able to get the boat within 60 yards of the moose. I greatly overestimated fuel use and had to go visiting buddies on the Dulbi to use up some to lighten the load. I thought we'd have used the boat more hunting, but we were lucky and got the moose close to camp.
Loaded up and started for home trying to beat the snow. It took us a little bit to get up on step in the deeper water there. We stayed next to shore, but it was still quite deep. We burnt 180 gallons from upper Three Day Slough to the bridge on the way back: three guys, gear, and two large moose- quite the load. We able to cruise 28-30 mph on the return trip. We were faster as we burned off some of the fuel weight.
The little red wagon:
Loading for the return trip:
Still working out the video clip process for posting.
It was a great trip, better than last year's and that troublesome gravel bar. The son is trying to get his grades up so he can go next year. I don't know... we've not gotten a moose since I started taking him out 12 years ago. He might be moose jinxed. This year, I left him at home, and one hour out on day one I had a nice one.