We made the trek to the Koyukuk with a Moose trophy tag in hand for the first time. The biggest question was - would I be able to pass up a legal bull in hopes of getting a big one? Passing one up would be something that is against my nature. We left from Manley Hot Springs for what came out as a 1008 mile boat ride.
We left Fairbanks early Sept 2nd for the drive to Manley. The road and ramp were in great condition and we launched and left Manley at 10am without incident. Ground out the trip down river with the kicker till 1am and darkness shut us down.
Moving down river at 6am on the 3rd hot coffee in hand and breakfast on the stove. Around 11am we were passed by a boat I believe to be forum members BIG 27 & Stid2677. We then passed them while they were fueling up in Ruby and were passed again shortly past Ruby when I snapped the photo of them going by. They were so intent on the trip down river I couldn’t even get a wave out of them. We continued on down and pulled into the check station on the Koyukuk late that evening with no mishaps along the way. Met my pre trip plan and made it from Manley to the Koyukuk mouth on 45 gallons of fuel. We checked in at the check point and spent an evening of leisure eating homemade apple pie.
Big 27 and Stid2677?