Day 1: We fly from Anchorage to the village of Dillingham to begin our trip. From there we board an amphibious aircraft for the flight to the headwaters lake. We unpack rafts, camping gear and a weeks worth of gourmet meals and wave goodbye to the pilot. While the guides prepare lunch, you go fishing. Our first night's camp is at the lake where the fishing is excellent. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: The smell of coffee brewing wakes you from your cozy sleeping bag and draws you out of your tent. Breakfast is sizzling and the guides are bustling about getting everything set up. After breakfast, we break camp and head downriver to see what the day will bring. We fish from the rafts as we drift along, stopping at every likely looking pool and drift to test the waters. Lunch is served along the river bank at a good fishing hole. Around 5 pm we start looking for the next night's campsite... a good fishing hole with a beautiful view and good spots for tents. While the guides prepare a delicious dinner, you can slip off to the river bank to fish a little more or just relax around the campfire and tell a few stories while sipping your favorite camp beverages. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 3: Each day brings a new stretch of river and new adventures. It seems like the fishing just gets better every day. As we drop down river we follow the Ahklun Mountains to the coast. From the headwaters to river's end, these emerald green beauties are never far away. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 4: We often take a 'lay over' day today... We find a good island camp with lots of good fishing spots we can wade to and just take it easy all day. Fish, come back to camp to relax, fish some more... Since we don't have to break or pitch camp, there's plenty of time for everything. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 5: Spectacular silver fishing has been the order of the day since day 2, but now it seems to get even better. Along with the salmon, we have found huge schools of sea run dollies, lots of big rainbows, arctic grayling and even a few lakers and whitefish just to add to the variety. We'll keep a fish or two for a special dinner some days... all others are gently released. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 6: If you want to bring home some salmon, today is a good day to start looking for the biggest, freshest salmon you can find. It is our last night on the river and it is always a special event. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 7: We are up early this morning to catch the last few fish for the cooler. We begin our drift of the lower reaches of the river and the trip ends with the guides earning their pay rowing into the native Eskimo village that sits at the river mouth. We have seen villagers plying the river in their boats for the last few days as they have travelled back & forth to their fish camps. It is more than a little interesting to meet some of the locals and learn a bit about their lives. It's a day of mixed emotions as we say goodbye to the joys of the wilderness but look forward to hot showers and soft beds. We board the charter back to Dillingham in the late afternoon & meet the commercial airliner that returns us to Anchorage. Includes: (B), (L).
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