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    A friend and I are planning on floating either Willow from Shirley Town to Deception Ck or Montana Creek from Yoder to Sunshine in one man rafts. Has anyone floated either section recently? I would like to avoid a bunch of portaging.

    Thanks for your help.

    tt

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    Quote Originally Posted by trouting_thomas View Post
    A friend and I are planning on floating either Willow from Shirley Town to Deception Ck or Montana Creek from Yoder to Sunshine in one man rafts. Has anyone floated either section recently? I would like to avoid a bunch of portaging.

    Thanks for your help.

    tt
    I haven't floated either of them recently, but I have floated both of the sections you are referring to and all I can say is you will more than likely have some portaging, but probably not too bad. Especially in a one-man cat. Be careful on Willow. There is a lot of crap (nails, plywood, broken glass etc. from the flood a couple years ago) in the upper river to watch out for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trouting_thomas View Post
    A friend and I are planning on floating either Willow from Shirley Town to Deception Ck or Montana Creek from Yoder to Sunshine in one man rafts. Has anyone floated either section recently? I would like to avoid a bunch of portaging.

    Thanks for your help.

    tt
    I was there this past Tuesday and it was low low up at Yoder. Here's the gauge numbers: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ak/nwis/uv...cd=00065,00060

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    Here ya go
    http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ak/nwis/current/?type=flow
    All the rivers in Ak that are monitored.

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    Don't bother. Hardly any fish up that high anymore. Seems like all of the salmon dropped early and the trout followed suit.

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    Lots of bows on beads from highway down last weekend. Silvers were tough though.

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    I concur with CToBias, salmon ran early up the river, dropped, and are in the dying mode. Trout would likely be down at the mouth for flesh.

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    Thanks for the spot on advice. We floated before seeing the comments on the fish having already dropped low in the stream. Still had a good time and caught a few on the Willow float below Deneki.

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    Any updates? I am heading up that way and was hoping the river was in decent shape. Going to bring both beads and flesh.

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    It blew up today. Nearly tripled in volume. Can't say what it looks like but be prepared for higher water and dirty conditions for a few days. More rain in the forecast.
    "The North wind is cold no matter what direction it's blowing"

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    All blown and running muddy yesterday

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    Did not fish Willow or Montana; fished a little north of that and watched the river we were on rise as we were fishing it yesterday.
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    Water levels are falling fast. Fished/floated Little Willow today and wife and I caught 26 rainbows and 1 grayling- nothing big but a beautiful day!

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