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  • Wulik river float all the way to Kavalina?

    anyone have knowledge (1st or 2nd hand) of the lower Wulik river to Kavalina? we did an epic char float trip last Sept in a 2 person inflatable canoe, flew out about 20 miles (crow not river) above Kavalina... was thinking about maybe floating all the way to Kavalina next time (and flying Ravn back to Kotz). I know the west wind can get ugly and there are way more river braids near the sea, but would it be a realistic float with more good fishing? thx for any input/advice!

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    Just some advice from a guy who outfits out there...The village of Kivilina is one of the most inhospitable villages in all of Bush Alaska. When you arrive in Kibbles n Bits the locals are not going to welcome you with open arms. We do not allow any of our float groups to end in Kibbles n Bits...I want my gear to come back in one piece. If you have a moose in the boat, well...........

    Walt
    Northwest Alaska Back Country Outfitters

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    • #3
      thanks Walt. we don't intend to hunt the wulik, only catch and release char with flyrods.. and we'd be floating our own rafts/canoes into Kivalina with only smiles (and sidearms), and paddle straight to the KVL airstrip for the 1515 flight to OTZ. I would think someone has done this without too many issues?
      also how did Kivalina become "Kibbles n Bits"? lots of sleigh dogs I suspect? more than the 377 locals?

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      • #4
        Enjoy!

        Just a local name....Been Kibbles n Bits for 20 years or more I guess?

        Last year we had 6 groups on the Wulik and 3 more on the Kelly and Kugg. All are wonderful rivers for Dollies..Check out my fishing page to see last years photos!

        http://www.northwestalaska.net/world...ly-varden.html
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        • #5
          more Pics?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Gulkana Rafting View Post
            Just some advice from a guy who outfits out there...The village of Kivilina is one of the most inhospitable villages in all of Bush Alaska. When you arrive in Kibbles n Bits the locals are not going to welcome you with open arms. We do not allow any of our float groups to end in Kibbles n Bits...I want my gear to come back in one piece. If you have a moose in the boat, well...........

            Walt
            Northwest Alaska Back Country Outfitters
            So, you are saying a shotgun with buckshot is not just for bears anymore?

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            • #7
              Noooooo...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Gulkana Rafting View Post
                Just some advice from a guy who outfits out there...The village of Kivilina is one of the most inhospitable villages in all of Bush Alaska. When you arrive in Kibbles n Bits the locals are not going to welcome you with open arms. We do not allow any of our float groups to end in Kibbles n Bits...I want my gear to come back in one piece. If you have a moose in the boat, well...........

                Walt
                Northwest Alaska Back Country Outfitters
                I found this to be extremely inaccurate. They don't care much for trophy hunters, but what I found was the people were quite friendly. We had a few stop and chat and were quite helpful. Once we arrived at the village we were quite welcomed, there were a few who were stand offish, but for the most the people of the village were friendly. We weren't hunters though and I can see how their attitude would be different towards hunters.

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                • #9
                  We had a great time and enjoyed some of the best fishing I have ever encountered last august. We put in at the forks and floated out to the village. 100+ fish per day was common. The village is moving and I am not sure if the landing strip will still be usable or not in the future..

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dougisnow View Post
                    anyone have knowledge (1st or 2nd hand) of the lower Wulik river to Kavalina? we did an epic char float trip last Sept in a 2 person inflatable canoe, flew out about 20 miles (crow not river) above Kavalina... was thinking about maybe floating all the way to Kavalina next time (and flying Ravn back to Kotz). I know the west wind can get ugly and there are way more river braids near the sea, but would it be a realistic float with more good fishing? thx for any input/advice!
                    we floated in packrafts and didn't have a problem. we did hole up for 4 days during a rain storm and then floated out.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Gulkana Rafting View Post
                      Just some advice from a guy who outfits out there...The village of Kivilina is one of the most inhospitable villages in all of Bush Alaska. When you arrive in Kibbles n Bits the locals are not going to welcome you with open arms. We do not allow any of our float groups to end in Kibbles n Bits...I want my gear to come back in one piece. If you have a moose in the boat, well...........

                      Walt
                      Northwest Alaska Back Country Outfitters
                      perhaps this attitude is part of the issue....

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                      • #12
                        I'd love to see some of the flies you guys are using.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by greenmachine View Post

                          perhaps this attitude is part of the issue....
                          Perhaps..Keep in mind I lived up in NW Alaska for 10 years and was a traveling teacher in Kivilina for 3+ years. You are speaking from "Personal Knowledge?" Well I am...

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                          • #14
                            some of the funniest native alaskans I know showed up at the air strip and made me laugh like crazy. Their problem isn't non-locals, it's local storm surges and erosion control.

                            Greet them with a smile and respect and enjoy your experience.
                            https://pristineventures.com

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                            • #15
                              That was in July, however, so if i showed up on the strip with my hunting load, i'm sure i'd need to sleep close to my entry point and leave ASAP.
                              https://pristineventures.com

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