|We have been to Klutina Salmon Charters 3 times now. The owners, Glenn and Jay, are great. You won't find better hosts. They go out of their way to make sure you have the best fishing experience on the Klutina and Gulkana Rivers. You can do 1/2 or full day charters for reds or kings with one of their experienced and knowledgeable guides or fish for those famous Copper River reds right from the bank in the campground. Only folks staying in the campground can do that so it is not crowded - totally unlike that crazy combat fishing on the Kenai. I caught my first king on the upper Klutina with guide, Andrew. They have cabins as well plus ice cream socials, potlucks and large campfires. They will even set you up with a rod if you don't have one with you! There is a fish processing facility right around the corner where you can get your fish vacuum packed, frozen and shipped if you like. Camping is dry or 30 amp electric. The downside – you have to fill with a hose at the office and the dump station is outside the CG, around the corner.
Before taking the boat to storage in Glennallen on Monday, Glenn took Ginger and Kathy for a boat ride on the Klutina. On Tuesday we hooked up, said our several goodbyes and headed south on the Richardson to Valdez. We are staying at Eagles Rest CG. It is a nice CG with full hookups, fish cleaning stations, etc. We will be here just over one week.
We had planned some time ago with our friend Dave in Tok to do a silver charter here in Valdez. Our mutual friend, Brad, was going to fly in from VT and Dave’s friend Gary (another ex-Vermonter) was joining us. It turned out that Dave and we have very good mutual friends in VT, John and Janice, who were coming to Alaska and were also going to join us. When he told us this I said, we have to make it a surprise. And indeed we did. The rest of the crew along with Gary’s wife, Judy, arrived on Thursday. We walked around the side of the cabin and TOTALLY surprised John and Janice. It was great!
We shared meals together and on Friday Dave, Brad, Gary, John, Ginger and myself did our "Vermont Boat" charter for silvers. Unfortunately it was a slow day, the silvers haven’t poured into Port Valdez yet. I got three plus one king, the others got two each. Dave, however, got one large enough (13.58 lbs) to take 2nd place in the daily derby. First place in the season derby is $10,000. We had HEAVY winds overnight. There are limbs down and a number of damaged or destroyed RV awnings. John, Janice, Gary and Judy left early this AM for Anchorage. After a great breakfast at the Fat Mermaid, we said goodbye to Dave and Brad as they headed north to Tok.
THANKS TO JOHN FOR SOME OF THE ABOVE PHOTOS.