I'm finally getting a chance to go to the Situk the third week in April. I had 3 buddies back out due to job changes and money flow problems so I'm going alone. I rented one of the forest service cabins and I have some questions. Especially since I'm going alone.
I just wanted to know if any one that has been on the river in April had any advise. I'm curious about bear protection and thoughts of going alone. I'm fly fishing and pinning and my float rods are a Raven im8 and cts 13 4-8. I wondering if I should build a 6-10 float rod or my rods would suffice or am I going to be losing a lot of fish. I've seen people with heavy equipment kill fish because of little experience on how to fight of fish properly. I use quality fluorocarbon with knots designed for fluorocarbon. I like to think I fight fish smart by keeping the fish off balance and keeping the fish upstream of me if possible. I hear others talk of stopping fish from going into the wood, but my experience has been if I put that much pressure on the fish I pull or bend hooks. At any rate my goal is not to kill fish! I'll break off way before their rolling on his sides.
I'm also thinking of flying in and walking the banks up and downstream of the cabins. From what I've gathered upstream of the cabins should not be a problem. I was thinking of taking a small raft to get back downstream if I needed but someone suggested that there will be a lot of people coming through that could help me in a pinch especially if I paid them. I'm also taking a satellite phone.
I can't believe I'm finally going to get to go. I've been planning this for about 5 years. I'm from ear to ear.