My son and I are putting some ideas together for a hunting/fishing trip on the Yentna river this fall. Although I have some time in a cataraft on rivers and creeks , and canoe in lakes, this is quite a bit longer trip than we are experienced with. The average distance for a day on a river will be very different from place to place and, maybe even one day to the next. Seems like the low snowfall of this winter will lower the flow of the rivers some, but I can only guess.
Considering all of the variables, maybe some of the guys on this forum familiar with the area could offer an educated guess for time required.
Thinking that we will go sometime after Sept. 15
We will be renting a Pro Pioneer and chartering an air taxi to drop off a few miles up the Yentna around Donkey creek. Spend a few days there, try to find Bullwinkle, and hopefully have some time left to enjoy some fishing stops on the way down.
The first choice for take-out would be to float down to the Big Su and get a power boat ride up to Deshka Landing. I really have no idea how to estimate the time needed to cover a that many river miles! Of course the hunting and fishing time is flexible, but I don't want to cut the time in the field. I don't feel very confident that we would find a bull conveniently waiting for us along the river bank on the way down.
He is still in school and I need to know we will have enough time to have our fun and still scoot down the river to get back to town by Sunday night!
Am I crazy to think that this could be done in a week - 7 days?
The second choice would probably be to beach our gear and hump it up to the airstrip at Skwenta. That doesn't sound like fun at all! The river float would also be cut really short.
We have plenty of time to figure it out, already own all of the gear we will need, other than a good sized raft or airplane.
What do you guys think?