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    Default River Flight Service Suggestions?

    I am starting to research rivers for a 10 day float at the end of July. Looking for a river that will provide good salmon fishing and some good wildlife viewing (caribou and moose). Prefer a remote river with little or no motor traffic.

    Any suggestions? We are a group of 6 experienced rafters. Would likely rent boats due to expense of transport from lower 48.

    Any suggestions on Rivers or Flight services?

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    I suggest calling Bay Air in Dillingham, Alaska
    www.bayair-alaska.com
    907 842-2570
    Their flight record and customer service is outstanding.
    They fly a Beaver with 1200 lb capacity.
    Raft and gear rentals are reasonably priced.
    Bed & Breakfast type room right next door...owner workd for Bay Air.
    Large garage area to store, sort and package gear.

    Suggest you consider the Goodnews River, or any other western Alaska salmon/trout/char/grayling river may fit your needs/wants. But keep in mind that a ten day trip w/o motor boat traffic is uncommon.... Others here on the forum will have other river suggestions.

    Buy Float Hunting Alaskas Wild Rivers, by Mike S, sold here on AOD.
    dennis

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    Another good service out of Dilly is Tikchik Air, I have flown with them for over 20 yrs. and feel that Rick is one of the best pilots I know. They have a beaver, 185, and cub and a good rental fleet of SOTAR rafts.
    Rick and Denise Grant
    TIKCHIK AIR
    907-842-5841
    grant@nushtel.com

    Good luck,
    Goo Vogt
    ALASKA WILDWATER

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    These guys have everything you need. http://www.pbadventures.com/

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    Wrights air service

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    I second Goo's suggestion on Rick. Great pilot and very professional. He took us to the Goodnews a few years back and we would use him again in a second. For Dillingham, he is our guy. For Kotzebue, we will use Jared of Hagland. He took over for Eric Sieh from what I hear. In Bettles, Brooks Range Aviation seems to run a tight ship. Will be using them on the Alatna and Kobuk soon. For ANWR, Dirk of Coyote Air and Kirk of Yukon Air are well thought of. I will be flying with Kirk into the Kongakut if I can ever get time off in mid June. Many great pilots out there all over the state. I think you are wise to be asking for suggestions. The plane ride is more dangerous than the float trip in my opinion. Pick your pilot carefully.


    -Dan






    Quote Originally Posted by AKHUNTINFOOL View Post
    These guys have everything you need. http://www.pbadventures.com/

    Isn't this one of Papa Bears planes?

    Seems they had a rough landing in the lake as they dropped some guys off for a Kisaralik float last summer

    The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

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    Isn't this one of Papa Bears planes?
    Dan, I thought you were a thrill seeker !!!!!
    You a funny guy....
    When you come to a fork in the trail, take it!

    Rentals for Canoes, Kayaks, Rafts, boats serving the Kenai canoe trail system and the Kenai river for over 15 years. www.alaskacanoetrips.com

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    I like having a good time, but am in no rush to become a CNN footnote


    Planes is dangerous. The river and the bears, not so much so.


    Took me several years to realize this much.


    -Dan
    The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

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