“I’m too old for this crap,” Chuck Schaeffer says. On the Yukon, Schaeffer and Richie Diehl talk about the sometimes-rough trail to Ruby, Galena, and beyond.
Despite a grueling run down the Yukon, Ruby was just a pit stop for most mushers. Iditarod teams pressed on to Galena or even to Huslia, where Aaron Burmeister arrived first.
Quam dedicated the win to his family after a year of personal loss; Faeo becomes Iron Dog’s first second-generation champ after seven 1st-place wins by father John Faeo.
Racers from Nome, McGrath, Kotzebue, Bethel, and Galena are part of the field of 37 teams racing this year’s Iron Dog.
State managers emphasized record-level chum runs, even as middle and upper river fishermen say they are not yet seeing those returns for themselves.
With Chinook and summer chum runs nearing completion amid tight restrictions, fishermen along the upriver Yukon Drainage are looking to fall chum for their best chance of harvesting salmon this season.
High water is combining with gear restrictions to restrict subsistence fishing along the Yukon River.
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