Final Report for 2014 PDF Print E-mail


The 2014 fishing season is starting to wrap up for us here in Juneau and it was a good season to say the least. Spring and warm weather came early and along with it some great estuary dolly fishing. Although the water was low we had some great days chasing steelhead. As we moved into June,kings started to show up in the usual places giving anglers some big tugs on the fly. Among those that fished exceptionally well was Auke Creek, where the king run never seemed to end. In July,as usual, we had a lot of chums in the streams dropping eggs. This translated into some epic dolly fishing in places like Montana Creek and Sheep Creek. What didn’t show up this summer were the pinks. What happened there, only the fish gods know. The silver season was the best we have seen in the last 10 years with lots of fish and some really big fish. There is your 2014 fishing season summary in one paragraph and here is our last fishing report for the year.


Silver fishing has slowed quite a bit this week as the bulk of the run has entered into their spawning grounds. The high water of this last week was too much for them to resist and a lot of fish shot way up. Fish will continue to enter streams like Montana Creek and Cowee Creek over the next few weeks. When water levels allow, there will be some good stream fishing to be had. The Channel has really slowed from the epic mass of fish that it was over the last few weeks. Expect the channel fishing to roll on but catches are more likely to be in one’s or two’s rather than limits. For creeks like Montana, dark colors can be more productive than the bright pinks and chartreuses. Try Egg Sucking Leeches, Hareball Leeches and variation there of. Don’t be afraid to throw small flies and dead drift them. Late season fish can be sulky and often respond better to smaller, darker flies and dead drifts.

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Dollies are moving up and out of their feeding grounds as they are getting ready to do their annual spawn. Some fish may still be found in the deep pools in places like Montana Creek. In the next few weeks, the dollies should be transitioning from their spawning grounds back to the lakes where they will spend their winter in a zombie-like trance state. Hitting the lakes before freeze up can be good. Egg patterns or small streamers can be the ticket for fooling the last few hook ups for the season.


Cutthroat will continue to scavenge for food in the log jams and deep pools. Places like the confluence of Montana and the Mendenhall can be good places to try. Over the next few weeks, they too will be transitioning into the lakes and big beaver ponds for the winter. Try little white streamers and flesh in the creeks. Also try throwing wooly buggers and small sculpin patterns in the lakes and ponds. Thin Mint buggers, Sculpzillas, and Cutthroat Specials can be a good bet. 

If you haven’t heard, our annual Rainy Day Sale starts tomorrow, October 3. Stop in or take a look online for some killer end of the season deals. We are now on fall/winter hours. They are as follows: 
Mon-Friday 10:00-5:30
Saturday 10:00-5:00
Sunday Closed

The shop will be closed on October 24-26, reopening for regular hours on Monday the 27th are going fishing and will share some pics on Facebook. Thank You for your patronage and support this summer! We look forward to seeing you this winter and fishing with you next year!

Brad, Mike, Chas and Kayla


Fishing Report 9-25-14 PDF Print E-mail




Normally this time of year, the fishing slows down immensely. Lucky for us, this year is not following that trend. The Coho fishing continues to impress us.

The Gastineau Channel has continued to receive fresh Coho's, coated in sea lice and unset scales. The numbers of Coho's we have seen in the last week leads us to think that the fishing is not dropping off anytime soon. The weather looks as though it is going to hold for us through the weekend (a little rain won't hurt anyone) and the tides are good morning tides, try fishing a couple of hours before low, through low, and a couple of hours after. Try flies such as the Clouser Minnow, Dolly Llama, Coho a go go, Starlite Leech, Deep Six and Rocketman in a variety of colors such as chartreuse/white, pink, fuscia, pink/purple, black/white, and tutti fruitti. If you have not caught a bite in a while, do not hesitate in changing your fly, especially after hooking a fish on one- variety will pay off.

Creek fishing for Coho's also continues full steam ahead. Cowee Creek and Montana Creek have been producing fresh coho's everyday. With the large tides we have had over the last week, it has pushed more chrome Coho's into the creeks. The creek levels look like they will hold at fish-able levels throughout the weekend, so if you cannot hit a morning tide, head to a creek in the afternoon (or fish both)! Try flies such as the Jig Spanker, Dolly Llama, Hareball leech, and LE Egg Sucking Leech in colors such as pink/purple, black/white, fuscia, blue, chartreuse, and purple. Again, don't be afraid to change your fly often. If you are swinging through some rather fishy looking water without any strikes, try changing it up- normally the results are good.

All in all, the fishing continues to give us great results, but we can't see into the future... it could taper down in another 7-10 days... so get out there while you can!


Happy Fishing!

-Brad, Mike & Kayla


Fishing Report 9-18-14 PDF Print E-mail






The best Coho fishing in years is upon us. Coho's continue to return to town in the masses, with no intent to slow down anytime soon. The Gastineau Channel, Cowee Creek, Montana Creek, and Auke Creek continue to light up with chrome cohos moving in daily.

With the low-high tides and the high-low tides this last week, the Coho have been stacking up in the channel, and pushing into creeks with the high tides. Now is the time to pull every color fly you have in your box, throw long casts, and strip in varying speeds. The Coho's are craving variation, as they have seen a lot of different colors and techniques thrown there way so far this season.

Try flies like the Dolly Llama, Clouser Minnow and Stinger Clouser Minnow, Coho a gogo, Rockstar, Deep Six and Rocketman in Pink, Purple, Chartreuse, Fuscia, Aleutian Queen, Tutti Fruitti, and Black/White for Saltwater fishing. Try Egg Sucking Leeches, Egg Hareball Leeches, Hareball Leeches, Starlite Leeches, Jig Spankers in Black, Purple, Pink, and Aleutian Queen for Freshwater Fishing.

If you land a fish on one color, and the Coho's seem to shut off after that, change your color, and you will find you will have better luck. Cast to jumpers, rollers, or tails you see, and you are sure to get lucky.

The season is far from over, so don't let the rain get you down, be sure to get out there and find some fresh Coho's.



Happy Fishing!

-Brad, Mike & Kayla


Fishing Report 9-11-14 PDF Print E-mail



As we progress into September, the fishing continues to impress us all. The Gastineau Channel has still been producing good numbers of chrome coho's. We predict that as the tides get smaller in the coming week, the coho's will begin to stack up in holes all along the channel more than they have in the last week with such huge tide changes. Continue to throw flies such as the Dolly Llama, Clouser Minnow, Rockstar, and Coho-A-Gogo. Pink has been the saltwater color of the summer thus far... Try color combos like all pink, pink/purple and pink/chartreuse.


The big news in coho fishing this week is that the creek fishing has officially begun! Coho's have been stacking up in Cowee, Montana, and Auke Creek with the huge tides this week. Try fishing deep pockets, and the mouth of the creeks with flies such as the Clouser Minnow, Coho-A-Gogo, Dolly Llama, Egg Sucking Leech, Hareball Leech and Articulated Hareball Leech. Chartreuse has been the freshwater color of the week... Try color combos like chartreuse/pink, chart/white, and chartreuse/blue.


The trout fishing has continued to slow down, but if you look hard enough you can still find some Dolly Varden and Cutthroats hanging deep in pockets under log jams, around large rocks, and under overhanging alders. Try drifting some egg sucking leeches, small flesh patterns, or egg patterns through these places, and you are sure to get lucky.

As we said last week, if you have yet to get out coho fishing, you have seriously been missing out! Stop by the shop and we will fill you with unsolicited advice, flies, and fishing tales.

Happy Fishing!

-Brad, Mike & Kayla


Fishing Report 9-4-14 PDF Print E-mail




If you have not gone out fishing for Coho's yet, you have seriously been missing out. We have jumped into coho fishing full throttle with what looks like the strongest run we have seen in years. The Gastineau Channel has been our strongest producer this last week, numbers of salmon fluctuating with the tides. With rain heavy-at-times in the forecast for the next few days, keep an eye on the channel for visibility issues, the darker the water- the brighter the flies, right? Try fishing the outgoing tides, to incoming flood tides along the Gastineau Channel. Try using the Dolly Llama #2 in purple/pink, chartreuse/pink, fuchsia/blue, and pink/white, Clouser Minnow #2 purple/pink, pink/white, all pink, and chartreuse/white, Mr. Bodangles in all colors, and the Kilowatt purple/pink, Sid Fishes purple/pink, and Coho-a-go-go chartreuse/pink.


Cowee and Montana Creek continue to pick up speed everyday. With high tides, new Silvers enter the creeks, holding in pockets along the streams, around log jams, and slower moving water. Check water levels before taking the plunge, these creeks fish best just as the water is beginning to rise, or to drop. If you choose to fish in high water levels, try heavier flies like the Dolly Llama in black/white, purple/pink, the Jig Spanker in purple/pink, chartreuse, or pink, and Mr. Bodangles in all colors. If you don't think you are getting down to where the Coho's are holding, you can try throwing on a 5ft Airflo Poly leader, or just some extra split shot.


Dolly and trout fishing has been fair. Bead fishing is less productive than it has been, but throwing the Dolly Llama #6- salmon pink/white, black/white, and all white around log jams in creeks around the area will be sure to get the attention of the trout hiding in their deep holes. Battle Bunnies, Twofers and Two Egg Omelets are all good bets, too. The high water can kick up a lot of flesh from the spawned out carcasses around log jams and rocks which creates a good amount of late season trout food.


We're beginning the final push of the fishing season, so if you haven't already, be sure to get out there and get your fish on!

Happy Fishing!

-Brad, Mike & Kayla



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