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Dave Duncan & Sons Kanektok River Camps

Lower and Upper Camps + 90-mile Float Trips - The Kanektok also known as the “Chosen” is an unbelievable Alaskan river located some 400 miles southwest of Anchorage, and flows through the majestic Togiak National Wildlife Refuge.

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Fly fishing only with debarbed hooks. Strict catch and release. Dave Duncan & Sons have guided in remote Alaska for over thirty-five years. They feel fortunate to be located on one of the best, if not the best river in Alaska. Very few rivers have incredible fishing for leopard rainbows, all five salmon species, Arctic char, dolly varden, and grayling.
What makes the Kanektok River world-class is its fish-ability. With its many braids or side channels, it feels like a much smaller river and is ideally suited for fly fishing. The Kanektok is one of the best places in the world to fish a mouse pattern for big trout! Occasionally, they'll catch a live mouse and throw him in for a swim.
The Duncans have two base camps on the Kanektok - The Lower River Base Camp is a 45-minute boat ride upstream from the Native village of Quinhagak. At the Lower Camp, you'll fish the lower 15 miles of the Kanektok for powerful King, Chum, and Silver salmon fresh from the sea. The Lower Camp also has great fishing for leopard rainbows up to 30-inches, dolly varden, and grayling.
The Upper Base Camp is two hours upstream from Quinhagak, approximately thirty miles. The Duncans Upper River camp is the only semi-permanent operation allowed in the Wilderness Area of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge.
Here, you'll be in the heart of the best trout water known as the braids section of the river. Great mousing and streamer fishing for big leopard rainbows. Skate dry flies for dollies. The Upper Camp also has excellent salmon fishing along with dollies, and grayling.
The Duncans offer a 90-mile Kanektok River Float Trip. Float trips are limited to eight guests, with one guide and two anglers per boat.
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Click here for Duncans' Mousing Video.

Duncans' Fly Fishing Facts:

Dave Duncan & Sons

2018 Season:  July 10 - August 17.
Boats:   Each day, they use Willie powerboats to access the best side channels and stretches of the river. Two anglers per guide and boat.
Methods:  You'll walk, wade or drift fish from the boat.
Guides:  Each day you’ll be teamed with a different guide. The owners are also full-time guides. On average, their guides have been guiding for them over six years and some as long as fifteen.
“The guides were extremely helpful with fly suggestions, tippets, knots - whatever would make for a better experience. They would be quick to tie on your fly, or let you handle your tackle.”
– Sandy Lockleer
Sample Fishing Day:
You'll take off after breakfast with your guide to target salmon. You'll have a streamside lunch and in the afternoons, pursue rainbows, dollies, and grayling. About 5:30 or so, you'll return to camp, freshen up, and in the dining tent, enjoy a hearty dinner featuring large cuts of quality meat, homemade breads...

Kanektok River Deluxe Base Camps


Both of their Base Camps have warm, dry tents, hot showers, and great fishing – right out the front door. Each camp has a spacious kitchen and dining facilities, and a large social tent. Dinners feature homemade breads and large cuts of quality meats. You can charge your phone, camera, Kindle or laptop in your sleeping tent.
The Duncans encourage family outings by offering discounts for children. Children 15 and under are half price. Their camps are equally popular with groups who want to conduct seminars in unforgettable surroundings. Reservations should be made as early as possible due to the popularity of these trips.
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Getting Here:

You'll fly from Anchorage, Alaska, to Bethel, about a one-hour flight. Alaska Airlines is the only major airline that flies into Bethel. From Bethel, you’ll take a 30-minute flight aboard Era Alaska to Quinhagak. At the Quinhagak Airport, you’ll be met by the Duncans and their guides. They'll transfer your bags from the aircraft to the boats for your boat ride upriver to camp, which is a 45-minute ride to the Lower Camp and two hours to the Upper Camp. Pack rain gear for the boat ride. Airfare is not included.

The Duncans' Base Camp:

Whether you choose a Base Camp or a Float Trip, you'll stay in a very comfortable camp that has dry tents, hot showers, and great fishing — right out the front door. The tents in the Lower and Upper Base Camps are heated. The base camps are deluxe tent camps complete with spacious kitchen and dining facilities, as well as a large social tent. The sleeping tents are spacious, double-occupancy tents that will stay dry in any weather. The tents sit amongst the trees. There are well-worn paths to the food tent, the outhouses, and the river.

2018 Rates:

Prices per person
Kanektok Upper River Base Camp
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
June 23 to August 25, 2018
Group size:  10 anglers
$5,400.00 p.p.
Kanektok Lower River Base Camp
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
June 23 to August 25, 2018
Group size:  12 anglers
$5,300.00 p.p.
Kanektok River Float Trip
6-nights and 6-days guided fishing
July 10 to August 17, 2018
Group size:  8 anglers
$5,200.00 p.p.
Click here for Kanektok Float page.

Packages include:

Reception at Quinhagak Airport, boat ride to camp, guided fishing, use of rods, reels, fly tying materials, tent camping, all meals at camp, and all non-alcoholic beverages.

Packages do not include:

Airfare, hotels, and meals in Anchorage, fishing licenses, gratuities, or anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Kodiak Steelhead Camp

Kodiak steelhead camp Each season, the Duncans' thirty guests are the only people allowed to fish for these incredible wild Steelhead!
The logistics of getting in and out of camp require air dropping gear and supplies from a float plane and then hiking into camp from a nearby lake. Once in camp all fishing is walking and wading so this trip is only for guests that are in shape and enjoy the exercise.
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Five Weeks - September 9 to October 14, 2018
Group size:  6 anglers
$5,400.00 p.p.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

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Kanektok Fish Chart

Kanektok fishing chart

Catch-and-release fishing

Dave Duncan and Sons rainbow

Kanektok River rainbow fishing

Kanektok rainbow

Carl Quertermus with Kanektok silver

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Ron Gager with dolly varden

Kanektok dolly varden

Silver duo for Ron Gager and Mike Merritt

Kanektok silver salmon

Dry tents with solar power energy...

Dave Duncan and Sons tent camp

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Prime rib dinner with the works

Prime rib dinner

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