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    Default The Gulkana or Klutina the first week in August?

    Hi Guys,

    My wife and I have a free day in early August and are thinking of doing a one-day guide trip on either the Gulkana or Klutina. The guide says if we fish the Klutina we'd be targeting kings with a chance of reds, but on the Gulkana we'd be targeting reds only.

    We've fished the Nushagak so we've caught kings. Which one would you guys pick for the best fishing enjoyment?
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    Aug 1st is a bit late for Kings but the Reds will still be running on the Gulkana.

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    In August you would be targeting the big red fire engines, they would be a lot bigger than you get on the nushagak, but considering their condition I would think about just leave them be. It would still be a nice float though especially since you aren't rowing as the Klutina the water is moving twice that of the Gulkana & enjoyable if the weather is nice.

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    Thanks guys, it sounds like reds on the Gulkana would be the best choice for us.
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    Just out of curiosity, when are the peak runs for these rivers?
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    Based on what you have said go with the Klutina option. You will catch some reds (thought a bit blush) and the king season is still open. On the Gulkana you will be looking at more of a "float" trip. Reds thin out after early July until the hatchery run until later in August thru early Sept. Kings basically close July 19. Hate to see you waste your $$$ if your going with a guide. Hit the Klutina, catcb a king and a few blush reds, they are still table worthy and at the worst you can smoke em up.

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    Hi Cory, thanks. You put the word float in quotes, can you please give me a little more info?

    Our fish date is August 9th, if that changes anything.
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    Cory:

    He indicated a Aug. 9th date which is well into our 2nd run reds. As I indicated above Aug would be too late for Kings so I don't understand the "Waste your Money" statement??

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    The Red salmon fishing on the Gulkana is truly "the undiscovered country". Very few folks target them and you get much of the river to yourself. No money has ever been wasted floating the Gulkana.
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    Guess what I am saying is that a guided trip costs a bit of money these days. If I were paying for a trip on August 9th I would choose the Klutina. In fact I have relatives here during that time and that is what we will be doing. In my opinion the hatchery run of reds would just be starting to trickle into the Gulkana around this time. If we were talking a week later through the 1st week of September I would have provided the opposite answer. At this rate the Gulkana might be dry in Aug. anyhow!

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    Thanks for all the info guys. What I'll probably go is wait until a few days before I get there, and ask the guide which one is "fishing" the best, and go with that. He's the expert, not me
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