I just returned this morning from anouther great river float.
We did the King Salmon river over near Dillingham. Its a short float of about 50 river miles. Easy water, Crystal clear, and 4 kinds of Fish that were eager to strike about anything in the tackle box.
Grayling were an every cast catch if you wanted.
Rainbows were World Class with several over 25 inches and many over 20 inch range. The Char were beautiful with fall colors of Dark Green, brilliant red spots and White lines along the bottom of the fins and belly.
an endless stream of Silvers in every water deep enough to keep them submerged.
Not much for Game along the river, unless you are talking Brown bears.
We floated up on 11 brown bears throughout the 50 miles. The river banks and grass was matted flat the whole distance from the Bears constant trolling for an easy Salmon catch.
One poor old Caribou had been attacked by a Brown Bear and had escaped somehow but had wounds so severe to its hind quarters that it was Dead, but did not know it yet. It tried to cool its wounds in the river, limped out of the water to an Island, laid down and became part of the Brown bears diet that night.
We had no trouble ourselves with Bears, as we kept a constant vigil watching to not surprise them, especially the Mom and her Cubs.
The curious Cubs made it a bit uncomfortable when they approached us even though we tried to talk them into going the other way.
Momma bear tried to woof them to behave, and for a moment I thought we may end up skinning out a full sized rug and a couple of Toilet seat covers.
No trouble in Camp at night.
My solution in Bear infested places is to bring along one of those "Bear Attack " books, and let the Chechako in camp read a few stories from the book, That way I can sleep at night and he is wide awake standing guard.
Anyway.. as we always say..
the trip was way to short.