The camp is based on the Kanektok River, which flows directly into Kuskokwim Bay. Famous for its beautifully-marked "Leopard" rainbows, the river also hosts superb runs of all 5 species of Pacific salmon, as well as sea run Dolly Varden and resident grayling.
The rivers are the perfect size - small enough to wade effectively and do some exciting sight fishing, but large enough to comfortably float down.
Located 30 miles upstream from the river's mouth, Kanektok Camp is surrounded by a 2.2 million acre federal wilderness area. Outfitter access to the wilderness portion of the river is severely limited by law -- there are no operations upriver, and only ten anglers a week are allowed here.
Duncan's camp is one of only two permitted to use jet boats on the entire river. The camp is in the center of the trout fishery and has immediate access to the desirable "braids" section, where you can lose yourself in the small, meandering backchannels and tributaries. For those wanting to tangle with heavier game, simply walk over to the main channel, where the bulk of the salmon species are making their way upstream. Unlike many of the other regions of Alaska, the rainbows in
the Kanektok are year round residents of the river and put on weight at a tremendous rate as the season progresses.
The river camp theme of the operation allows for increased fishing time and mobility. Guides use jet-equipped river sleds (two anglers per guide), equipped to row, where this is an advantage. Since the wilderness status of the area does not allow permanent structures, the camp uses top-quality Weatherport tents, erected on wooden platforms. Hot water, heated tents and great food round out this remote top-notch trout operation. It is the real Alaska, heavily wooded and loaded with wildlife, and offers a great combination of fly-fishing and service at a great value.
This is truly a one-of-a kind experience. You will view gorgeous, pristine Alaskan scenery just the way Mother Nature made it. The fish are BIG, and plentiful. The camp prepares hearty meals and comfortable tents--all in a wilderness setting.
Reservations & Rates
Package Cost: The cost of the week-long Duncan & Sons Float Trip package is $4900 per person
Inclusions: Included in your angling package at the Duncan & Sons Float Trip is transportation to and from camp from Quinhagak, meals (including beer and wine with dinners), lodging, and guiding services on the river.
Non-Inclusions: Not included in your angling package at Duncan & Sons Float Trip are terminal tackle, flies, lures, lines, gratuities, roundtrip transportation from Anchorage to Quinhagak,
fishing license, and any favorite alcoholic beverages.
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The Kanektok River is one of the very few rivers in all of Alaska that offers world-class rainbow fishing in the same water as ocean-bright salmon.
So often one has to choose a lodge located near trout water, then fly to the coast to catch fresh salmon…making this river a rare exception.
The king salmon run heats up on the Kanektok in June, and lasts well into July. The lower river is fairly wide – spey rods are recommended - and comprised of a series of long, deep beautiful runs, perfect for swing fishing to these brutes. An average king here will be 20-25 pounds, with fish over 40 an everyday possibility. As well, the river's sockeye and chum salmon runs overlap the kings, and offer good sport for those looking for a bit smaller game – sockeyes average 6-8 pounds, and the chums 8-12 pounds. This same early season stretch will also see the river's big leopard rainbows aggressively chasing large streamers – trout in the 2-4 pound range are common, and even larger fish are routinely hooked. Look for the annual upstream migration of sea run dollies to begin
in this same time period, making this is a great mixed bag time of year.
As July segues into August, two major events occur. First, hordes of chrome silver salmon invade the river, their sheer numbers inundating every slow pool and calm backwater in the river. These aggressive-to-the-fly battlers are a flyrodder's dream, averaging 6-12 pounds, and willing to take surface poppers as well as streamers. Secondly, as all of the earlier-run salmon are now laying eggs, or dying and decomposing, the river's trout populations are taking up sharply defined feeding positions; anglers can either catch big numbers of good-sized rainbows (and dollies) in shallow spawning redds behind procreating salmon, or plop heavy flesh patterns against the banks behind drowned alders in search of fewer, but larger specimens. This will remain the drill into September, when the camps close down.
Getting To Duncan & Sons Float Trip
Upon arrival in Quinhagak you will be met by several camp representatives, who will transfer you and your luggage to awaiting jet boats and take you upriver.
Guests arrive in Anchorage Friday evening, spend the night, and leave for the camp Saturday morning. The scenic route's first leg arrives in Bethel, where you'll have a short layover before your connecting flight to the village of Quinhagak, where you will be met by camp staff. They'll load you and your luggage into their state-of-the-art jet sleds, and
whisk you upriver for the approximately 1 1/2 hour ride to camp. Departure from Quinhagak to Bethel to Anchorage is the following Saturday. Anglers can choose between departing Anchorage late afternoon to begin their journey home, or overnighting and starting fresh the next morning.
Lodging at Duncan & Sons Float Trip
This is truly a one-of-a kind experience. You will view gorgeous, pristine Alaskan scenery just the way Mother Nature made it.
Since the wilderness status of the area does not allow permanent structures, the camp uses top-quality Weatherport tents,
erected on wooden platforms. Hot water, heated tents and great food round out this remote top-notch trout operation.
Fishing Day at Duncan & Sons Float Trip
Fishing with Duncan & Sons on the Kanektok is an all day event.
Your Alaskan experience will start with a flight on a twin engine Grumman Goose through the scenic Togiak National Wildlife Refuge (TNWR). This flight will be chartered through Fresh Water Adventures, out of Dillingham. Dave Duncan and Sons has been operating within the TNWR since before it was established in 1982. The TNWR is an extremely unique area that provides some of the best fishing and wilderness opportunities available today. We should all feel privileged to experience an area that is as unique and unchanged as the TNWR is.
On the first day of your trip, each
angler will be given two waterproof "dry bags", as well as a Thermorest mattress. The Thermorest air mattress that we provide is self inflating. Remember, in Alaska, a sunny day can quickly turn into a rainy one, so it is good to keep your rain gear close at hand regardless of what the day looks like in the morning.
The guides will get up at 6:00am each morning and will have coffee ready by 6:30am. We serve breakfast at 7:00am and are usually on the river by 8:30am. Around 12:00pm we will stop for a deli-style lunch along the river. Usually camp is set up for the day between 5:00pm and 5:30pm.
Making Reservations to Duncan & Sons Float
To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.