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Float Alaska takes the headache out of Do-It-Yourself. We rent expedition quality rafting and wilderness camping equipment.  We guide you through early planning and coordinate all logistics with our partners Papa Bear and KWA. We operate in Bethel Alaska with access to the Bristol Bay and Kuskokwim River areas.

We float 9 rivers with multiple branches providing you with many options. Our rivers range from non whitewater with easy floating to more challenging options for advanced rowers. The value and flexibility of a DIY trip are unsurpassed. While lodges and guide operations have some benefits our trips are filled with the reward and satisfaction only achieved by floating a river drainage from top to bottom on your own.

Build your group find your river and float for 5-12+ days surrounded by magnificent Alaska scenery. Experience incredible fishing for 5 species of salmon, leopard rainbow trout, dolly varden, arctic char grayling, lake trout and sheefish while floating through 40-140 miles of pure heaven. With our 30 years of experience on these rivers and your goals in mind we will fully prepare you for your wilderness adventure.

From The Blog

2017 King Salmon fishing report

2017 Float Alaska King Salmon Fishing Report

The ADF&G fishing regulations and Emergency orders for 2017 can be confusing.  The emergency order for the Kuskokwim River King Closure applies only to the Kuskokwim river and its drainages (Aniak, Holitna, Kisaralik, Kasigluk, Kwethluk and Eek etc).  Float fishing for 2017 Chinook Salmon on the Kanektok River, Arolik River and Goodnews River are not effected by this emergency order.  General regulations apply to these Bristol Bay waters.

King Chinook techniques-

  • Start off with nymph techniques up higher in the drainage and for fish that have been in the river system longer.
  • As you move down patterns can become larger and brighter with traditional coastal colors at the bottom.
  • Be sure to bring some variety and experiment a little.

The Togiak and Yukon Delta National Wildlife river drainages are starting off with some low water which may provide some excellent, clear sight fishing conditions through July.  Float Alaska fishing reports will vary week to week.

  • Expect all waters to fish well for resident Leopard rainbows, grayling and char as well as sea-run dolly varden.
  • Chum, sockeye and kings are predicted to do well in most drainages despite commercial closures.
  • Silver Salmon are expected to do well in all drainages. Float Alaska rafting camping should be a prime method for accessing all these species.
  • Fly fishing for trophy trout under clear water conditions behind salmon as well as locating the Leopard rainbows near structure should be good all through July and into August.  Sculpin patterns, mouse patterns and anything in between will take fish.
  • Trophy grayling will be susceptible to many dry patterns as well as typical subsurface offerings.

Sometimes it is difficult to find the right pattern to take the species you are targeting as some patterns will catch almost every fish in the water. Fishing will vary week to week depending on water flows so be sure to bring some patterns that may work well if the water rises and becomes less clear.  Although our fish are not typically leader shy and have not seen many offerings over a season.  Sometimes having a slightly smaller or slightly larger or different color pattern can move some fish.   Experiment a little and remember what worked at mile 10 may not work at mile 20 but may come back into play around mile 30.

 

Bristol bay kig salmon

King Salmon numbers are improving-wilderness always prevails

King Salmon cycles are often times unpredictable and confusing.  All areas of Alaska don’t move in sync with each other when it comes to salmon runs.  While 2016 Salmon runs on the Kanektok River, the Arolik River and the Goodnews River fared better compared to other years  and other areas we still have seen little on the positive side in the Anchorage area. In 2017 Bristol Bay and Kuskokwim rivers are expecting numbers of returning king salmon which should meet or exceed escapement goals. Silvers and sockeye making it into our river systems in very good numbers.  The impact of commercial fishing has been limited and it appears the number of fish making it into the system has seen substantial increases.  King Salmon subsistence fishing reached a level where locals can find some light.  The sport fishers once again are floating through large groups of salmon bringing the needed nutrients into the system for healthy growth of local populations of fish.

I am reminded each year of how we are very much like the fish.   Just like the fish we adapt to changing environments:

  •  adapting on the river to the weather
  •  adjusting to gear we are unfamiliar with
  • identifying and adapt to the movement and variability of the resource we seek.

It is important to seek solitude and companionship, work and reward, and an understanding of our place in this world.  Finding balance may not come easy, it may require considerable effort.  It may not be achieved the first time you try.  But it is out there.  I challenge you to find it.

Build Your Own Trip

If you have experience rafting in the lower 48 or up in Alaska the routine is the same.  Fly to Bethel with your food, fishing gear, and personal items and we will provide the rest: bush flights and pickups, rafting, camping and cooking gear, river GPS, general info and fishing reports.  We spend as little or as much time you require in planning your trip to meet your goals. For 2017 put the Kisaralik River, the Kanketok River or the Goodnews River onto your wish list.  If you can not get it together for 2017 its time to start planning for the following year.  Maybe the Arolik, the Kwethluk or the Aniak Rivers have what you need.

Pre-Planned Package Trips

If you are a newcomer to this type of adventure, review our pre-planned trips to see what options are available. Our package trips can also be modified with days added on as needed for extra fishing, photography, hiking. Some of our rivers are perfect for rafters with limited experience while others provide excitement and adventure around every corner. Our package trips should be booked before September for the following season for extra savings.

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