We could talk all day long about why we love our home river at Alaska West – from our impressive run of chrome bright king salmon, to our stunning resident leopard rainbow trout, to our staggering numbers of aggressive cohos, to our, well, you get the point.
However, one aspect of our river that many of our first-time guests are pleasantly surprised by is just how easy the wading is!
In fact, when we’re asked from prospective anglers about the wading conditions at our lodge, we can’t help but tell them “It might very well be the easiest river to wade in the world.” Seriously!
Have we fished every river in the world? Of course not. But we’d be hard pressed to believe wading conditions could be less challenging than they are on the Kanektok. There are no boulders. No need for studs or felt bottomed wading boots (they’re not allowed in Alaska anyhow). Just a low-gradient river made up of substrate averaging somewhere around the size of a golf ball or smaller. Its like walking across a cobble walkway, all the time.
In fact, for sake of comparison, a rock the size of a baseball in our neck of the woods would be considered big. A rock the size of a bowling ball? Consider that so rare your guide might bring it back as a keep sake. We couldn’t make that up.
Translation: It’s super easy to wade for anglers of all ages and experience levels, and we think that’s a really good thing.