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Subscriber James Odlin tells us he and a fishing partner spent 11 days on a self-guided floating and camping trip in Alaska this past September that cost them only $2,000 each, including the air pickups and drop-offs. The float took them down Moraine Creek and the Copper River, and it was facilitated for them by Alaska Rafting Adventures ( Alaska Rafting Adventures is operated by Rainbow River Lodge (

An old hand at Alaska float fishing trips, Odlin says the fishing on the Copper River was about average, while it was generally poor on Moraine Creek. “The rainbow trout seemed to have left Moraine Creek before we got there,” he writes, going on to note that they also encountered windy conditions there. On the bright side, he gives Alaska Rafting Adventures two thumbs up for its handling of the logistics involved in fishing two different rivers on a single trip. He says he and his fishing partner were picked up by float plane from Iliamna and flown to the two rivers. Two separate pickups and drop-offs were required. “Alaska Rafting Adventures provided the rafts, tent, and other gear,” he writes. “We brought our own fishing gear and food. The air service was excellent. We both think Rainbow River Lodge did a wonderful job outfitting us. They were extremely accommodating.” Postscript: Odlin notes in his report that Alaska Rafting Adventures operates trips to other rivers in the area, including American Creek and the Alagnak River. If you have taken a similar self-guided/ non-guided trip in Alaska, weigh in and let the rest of us know how it went. Write: [email protected].

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