Reel Action on the Kanektok River, Alaska
August 6-13, 2016
August is silver salmon time on the Kanektok at the Reel Action Camp. We're very lucky to have a week at camp during the silver run as August always sells out quickly. As the silver salmon pour into the Kanektok River, and with the camp situated at the mouth, there's no better place to be for silver fishing. The silver escapement goal is 50,000 per season and they all pass by camp. Along with the silvers will be leopard rainbows, sockeye, dolly varden, grayling and maybe still some pinks and chum. The camp is located in southwestern Alaska near the village of Quinhagak and is perfectly situated within the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. The Kanektok and its tributaries and braids give anglers access to some of the best sport fishing in the world.
During the month of July the Kanektok receives a run of 50,000 - 200,000 chum salmon and on even years (like 2016) receives a run of over 100,000 pink salmon. The river also has a run of 50,000 - 200,000 sockeye salmon and 20,000 - 35,000 dolly varden (arctic char) passing the fish weir last year. And with all these salmon come the rainbow trout.
We'll be staying in Reel Action's full service tent lodge designed to provide guests with all the comforts needed for living in the bush. The lodge is located one mile from tide water and was carefully chosen to provide guests a front row seat of the freshest chrome bright fly fishing action in Alaska. The best holding water is right in front of the lodge. The Kanektok River leopard rainbows are famous and spectacular when caught on top water flies. Bring your mouse patterns!
The camp features customized wall tents equipped with wood floors and carpeting. The tents are super strong, waterproof, and can withstand the weather conditions in Alaska. For comfort, the camp sleeps single occupancy, one client per tent cabin. The ten cabins are furnished with a padded cot with quilt and high quality sleeping bag, soft pillows, dresser, lantern mosquito coil, clean linens for showering, hangers, screened windows, wifi, and plenty of storage. Quiet generator power for C-Pap machines and even reading material. With over 45 years experience, master chef, John Schumacher, serves meals of steak, salmon, and wild game in the dining tent which also features a TV and DVD player, fly tying tables, and general gathering area.
Shower tents (men and women) each have on demand water heaters with hot and cold running water, sink, vanity and mirror. The restrooms are outhouse-type that are cleaned and maintained daily. In addition there is a drying tent to dry wet clothes, waders, boots, raingear, etc.
We've fished with the Reel Action team for salmon and steelhead in New York. We can assure you that they run a good camp and pay attention to details. The lodge takes 8-10 anglers a week with a guide to client ratio of two clients per guide assuring guests of the highest level of service. All terminal tackle, leaders and flies are provided by the guides. Guests are welcome to bring their own equipment, but can also choose to travel light and use theirs. The lodge provides spey, switch, and single handed rods by Winston, Sage and G-Loomis. Please visit their web site, http://www.reelactionfly.com/index.html, for more information. We hope to have you join us at Reel Action in August of 2016.
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Barry and Cathy Beck