I just got back from a float trip on the Gulkana river after the Deshka closed. Had been planning on a Kroto creek to Deshka mouth float for four days for kings and rainbows. Had to cancel my shuttle and change plans at the last minute. We were about four hours before we would be on the road and found out they were gonna close the Deshka.
We ended up floating the Gulkana from Sourdough to the Richardson bridge. We fly fished most of the way. But used quickfish and back bounced bait a fair share too. Only caught one hen on a fly on Saturday. Rained like hell on Sunday, caught no fish, but saw a guide catch 3 fish in 20 minutes using bait and divers. Guess that's the way it goes.
Caught a few rainbows, a jack and LOTS of grayling, but that was it. Maybe I'm missing something or it's just another case of the missing salmon of 2008.
Most people we talked to seemed to be having a hard time too.
Pulled off the river late Sunday night and drove the to a campground on the Klutina. We fished for 3 hours, didn't hook any and got on the road to Fairbanks around noon.
What's going on with the fishing this year?
I attached a picture of the hen.