I think we all know that the weather this July has been less than stellar. Continuous heavy rains in mid July pushed water levels up high but they are returning to normal now. And in their wake anglers are finding a lot of chums. Way more than last year which means the Dollies will have plenty of eggs to eat this summer. Pinks are around but only in select areas. Here are some high lights of the road side fishery.
Sheep Creek, below the Thane Road Bridge, has turned into a very nice Dolly and chum fishery. Large returns of chums have attracted lots of Dollies. Any tide but the high seems to fish well. Fish the creek itself or right down where the fresh water hits the salt. Unreal Egg Clusters , Unreal Eggs in Peachy King , and Gorman Beadhead Eggs are all producers. Beads, particularly 8mm in Tangerine, Mottled Dark Roe, and Apricot are deadly for the Dollies. Our Southeast/Kodiak Bead Selection is a surefire way to have everything you need to catch Dollies. If you are curious about fishing beads check out our latest article in the Newsletters area. It gives a great overview of bead fishing, how to choose beads, and how to fish them.
If you want to catch chums at Sheep Creek move away from the mouth and slowly strip a Pink Humpy Hooke r or Fuschia Hareball Leech . If chum are holding in the current at the fresh/salt confluence you can swing flies at them. You can also fish for chums along the beach in the cove by the Thane Ore House.
Montana Creek is also very hot. The Chums are all the way up the creek, the Dollies are laying in behind them, and the water level has been slightly above medium which is perfect. Same flies as Sheep Creek.
Fish Creek is fair (which is normal). A few dollies below the bridge. Some late king salmon can be found, too. Either at the mouth of the pond or upriver in some of the deep rocky holes.
The Shrine of St. Therese is usually a very productive pink salmon spot. So far it has been slow. A few pinks can be found off the rocks but most of the fish rolling out front are chums. A Pink Humpy Hooker on a floating line is the ticket.
Echo Cove is super hot for pinks. They are all the way into the boat launch area. Larger numbers of fish can be found if you are willing to walk the beach out. Stay on the same side as the boat ramp and keep walking until you see fish rolling. Fishing around the low tide is usually most productive. Echo is a great spot to fish if the rivers are high and muddy. Once again, the Pink Humpy Hooke r or the Searunner Special is the fly of choice.
Finally, Cowee Creek. There are pinks all the way up to and past the bridge. The numbers aren't huge but with a bit of work you can find fish to catch. A Pink Starlite Leech or Purple Egg Sucking Leech are great flies in Cowee. The chums are in, too. When you find them you can almost guarantee some nice Dollies will be in behind them. Use egg patterns or beads like those I mentioned for Sheep Creek.
See you on the water. Brad