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The Kodiak Project

Three fly fishermen (Conway Bowman, Kirk Deeter and Chris Santella) head up to Kodiak Island, Alaska to fish a legendary river that’s a bit like a unicorn – everyone has heard about it, but no one seems to have seen it, been there or fished its shallow waters. The river is the Karluk and was considered the greatest salmon river in the world in the late 1800’s before 10 canneries and intense commercial fishing devastated the salmon run (an important lesson as to what man can do if he’s not respectful of the delicate balance of the environment).

What remains of the Karluk today is Alaska’s second largest steelhead run along with a robust run of all five salmon species that has recovered. The 22-mile Karluk is almost entirely knee-deep, so it is a rare place you can sight-cast for steelhead.

The Karluk’s remote location and Kodiak Island’s highly variable weather make it a difficult place to access to chase the large numbers of fall-run, wild steelhead that can range as high as 11,000 fish per year. Most Alaska fishing lodges wind down their seasons in August or September due to shortening days and worsening weather, but Kodiak Legends stays open late. In addition to steelhead, the crew will do some fishing for salmon sharks, cohos, rainbows and dollies.