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2015 Caribou Hunt

By Troutnut on September 19th, 2015, 3:28 pm
A week ago I returned from a hike-in, float-out, solo caribou hunt in the Arctic. I've posted the whole story in sections, but here are a few previews of the spectacular scenery.

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OldredbarnSeptember 19th, 2015, 6:24 pm
Novi, MI

Posts: 2608
Stunning landscape Jason!

"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
CrepuscularSeptember 23rd, 2015, 10:08 am
Boiling Springs, PA

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Jmd123September 23rd, 2015, 1:42 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2610
Looks COLD, Jason! Stunning, but CCCCCOLD...


P.S. Know you don't wanna hear this, but things are nice around here lately, 70s in the day and 50s at night...
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
WiflyfisherSeptember 23rd, 2015, 7:46 pm

Posts: 662
Jason awesome story and photos! Thanks for sharing it on the website.

So you feel better I was just out in West Yellowstone and got snowed on last Thursday!

Campfire Lodge Resort

but by the next day the snow was melted in the lower elevations and I found bank feeders...

John S.
TroutnutSeptember 24th, 2015, 4:42 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
Wow John, that looks like a great trip! Hope you'll have time to post a full report sometime.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
KvnfraleyJune 24th, 2020, 10:19 am

Posts: 5
Nice write up. Looking at doing a packraft trip in that area this August, checking out some known Dolly Varden staging/spawning sections in the adjacent rivers
TroutnutJune 29th, 2020, 10:07 am
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
That should be a great trip Kevin. I'd love to see pictures when you're done. I did bring a fly rod and a few flies along on this caribou hunt, but floating out of there soaking wet in the snow I was pretty much focused on getting back to the car and didn't have the motivation to stop and fish.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
KvnfraleyNovember 30th, 2020, 12:06 pm

Posts: 5
Hey Jason, I finally remembered to return to this comment. The trip went really well! We had crazy nice weather for the slope in August, pretty much sunny the whole time. Caught a ton of big beautiful dollies and a few good grayling. We weren't sure we would actually find any dollies so it was really exciting to hit the motherlode. Saw griz, caribou, moose, and musk ox up close. And got a nice bull caribou on the float out. Couldn't have gone more perfectly, hoping to replicate the trip next year. Some photos here:
KvnfraleyNovember 30th, 2020, 12:37 pm

Posts: 5
That lower ribdon had some exciting whitewater!
TroutnutDecember 1st, 2020, 12:34 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
Wow Kevin, looks like you had an awesome adventure there! Congratulations on the nice bull and great dollies.

That is some exciting whitewater on the lower Ribdon, but on my solo trip I was very glad I just lined the raft down through all of it. :)
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
KvnfraleyDecember 1st, 2020, 8:20 pm

Posts: 5
Thanks Jason! You were probably smart to line it. We ended up stopping after every other rapid to dump out water so running the whitewater didn't save us too much time.

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