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Thread: Murphy Dome to Minto Lakes???

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    Default Murphy Dome to Minto Lakes???

    Can anyone tell me what to expect when accessing the Minto flats from the lower Chatanika? We will be running a 17' tunnel hull with a 65 jet.
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    It's been a rough road in years past but I haven't been there in 2 years. We gave that up and started leaving out of Nenana and going up Swan Neck. Farther boat ride in but the drive is heaven. It might be okay but I would wait to hear from someone that has been recently. Weather can make it a monster too.
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    I've heard that they fixed the road up last year during the forest fire. I'm mostly interested in what to expect on the boat ride.
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    G.S, my buddy Helmuth and I have been in several times in the recent weeks and we made it without a problem. The first stretch of river, "the miracle mile" will be your only challenge and as long as you're on step you'll be good to go. There are several rocks and a lot of them are breaking the surface so you should be able to see the danger areas. Once you're past that first section its smooth sailing.

    I posted a video of the first section of river so check that out and it'll give you an idea. The thread is minto flats...video or something along those lines.

    Enjoy your trip and post some pictures.

    Richie

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    I'd recommend bringing a trolling motor (for fishing not travelling) if you have it jets do really really bad when its weedy
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    Good Call Powder Monkey- I just put a trolling motor on the back of my boat and it was nice up there. Even a couple of ten foot push polls would substitute just fine.

    Grayling Slayer- As Richie told you the first bit is a little challenge but you just have to follow the water and you'll do just fine. When you take the left up gold stream slough, turn your engine off for a second to listen for another boat coming. It gets pretty skinny in spots and you could squeeze two boats in there but I wouldn't want to. Best of luck and tight lines.

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    Water is low.
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    Had a great weekend. For about two hours in the evening we were catching pike every other cast. #5 Mepps Marabou spinner was the most consistent for me but everything was hitting. Went into the lake for a bit, but the grass was too thick for the jet and the 3 horse kicker did not move very fast.

    Nothing too big, but can't wait to do it again.
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