Fins, Feathers, and Furs is a fish camp that sits along the Nushagak River. The camp is accessible only by boat or plane. The area is restricted by the Choggiung Native people and they only allow a few permits for fishing here.Fins, Feathers, Furs is lucky to hold one such permit. The benefit to fishermen is that the river is unspoiled and rich with salmon. It is a fishing paradise and with four fishermen per boat, it is not uncommon for all four fishermen to be battling King Salmon at the same time. Expect a richly productive fishing trip.
Guests are housed in vinyl cabins; there are no permanent structures here. The focus of the area is on the conservation of the land and the maintenance of the salmon fisheries. The cabins feature wood floors, carpet, and two twin beds. The folks here have made camping a luxury event. Expect gourmet meals and comfortable digs.
Fishing the Nushagak River
This is the King Salmon River. There are silvers and Red Salmon here too, but fishermen from the world over fight for one of the very limited spots where fishermen are allowed to fish here. When the King Salmon hit the Nush, the guides from Fins, Feathers, and Furs are ready to take you on a fishing adventure that you will not forget. Along the way, you may also fish for Rainbows and Dolly Varden char. Both are excellent targets for sports fishermen, but the focus is always on the Kings.
Fish, Fish and More Fish
The King Salmon are here in early June, and they peak from Mid June through Mid July. The Red Salmon are known as July's salmon as they flood the local waters during July. In the shallow streams, the Reds lay there in blankets. The bears and eagles are attracted by the easy fishing, and even the fishermen could probably just pick a Red up with their hands. The great thing about Reds is that they are probably the best eating of all of the salmon. By August, the Silver Salmon are peaking. These are the fighters and they put on aerial shows that up the sports value of fishing for salmon. There are plenty of Rainbow Trout here too. 10 pound Rainbows are not uncommon. The Dolly Varden char also follow the salmon. These beautiful fish are wonderful to eat too. They are often confused with Rainbows, but their brightly colored spots give them away.
The Bottom Line
Overall, an excellent place to stay and a wonderful river to fish. The guides are knowledgeable and professional, and the salmon are thick in the waters. Expect a clean, comfortable stay in what is Alaska's best King Salmon river. Like the Salmon, guests of the Fins, Feathers and Furs, come back time and again to the Nush.