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Floating the Kulik

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Shortly before closing the lodge this season, a few of us decided to fly to Katmai National Park to float the Kulik, a 1-1/2 mile stretch of river connecting Nonvianuk Lake with the smaller Kulik Lake upstream. (Click on the map for more detail)

 

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THE FLIGHT TO KULIK.  Only from the air can one appreciate the magnitude of Alaska and the diversity and grandeur of its landscape.

 

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Nonvianuk Lake plays host to thousands of Sockeye salmon, many of whom spawn in the narrow stream en route to Kulik Lake, their final resting place.  The spent salmon attract local bears and the spawned roe attract trout that, in turn, attract fishermen from afar.  For a good part of the fishing season, man and beast stand shoulder to shoulder – often only feet apart – aware of each other, yet unconcerned, as they share a common goal – ‘landing the big one.’

Floating the KulikHere you can see just how awkward shooting from a 2-man raft can be – particularly when it’s not only difficult to control the raft, but hold the lens steady at a very uncomfortable angle.  My only thought was to land myself….but where?

A top day with David, Oliver and Lisle.  Thanks!!

 

 

 

 

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