Fishing Report 6-5-14 PDF Print E-mail





The Dolly Varden are in full swing all along the road system. They are gorging themselves on fry in estuaries and salt around the Gastineau Channel. Bracketing the low tide in all areas of the channel from Sheep Creek, to the Juneau-Douglas bridge all the way out to the Fish Creek flats is a good bet. Try Clouser Minnows in olive and white or gray and white. The fry in the channel are beginning to get a bit larger, so you could even try a Stinger Clouser Minnow in olive and white. The Dollies that are out further in the salt, in places such as Boy Scout Beach and the sand spit at Echo Cove, can be caught on olive and white Clouser Minnows and Pop's Sand Lance. The fishing at these two destinations seems to produce more fish at a dropping tide, but do not underestimate the incoming tide; it can be good, too!

Windfall Creek is now open to sockeye fishing Wednesday and Saturday's the month of June. We have yet to hear of any sockeye being caught up there, but we usually do not hear of any until the second Wednesday or Saturday of the month, so this next week should be good fishing up there! Try your luck with some Sockeye Lantern's, Red Hot's, and Mercer's Sockeye Fly.

Kings are beginning to show up to the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, Fish Creek and Auke Creek release sites. These kings can be targeted in and around the mouth of Salmon Creek and Auke Creek. The best fishing numbers in these places tend to get better mid to late June, so now is the time to check your flies and make sure you have what you need. While targeting the Kings, try using 2/0 Clouser Minnows, Half n' Half's, Rockstars, and Mr. Bodangles in colors like pink and white, chartreuse and white, and chartreuse and blue.


Fishing Report 5-29-14 PDF Print E-mail





Well, it's looking like a good year of fishing for us here in Juneau!

The dolly fishing continues to get better everyday. Places to check for Dollies: Everywhere. Remember that Auke Creek opens to fishing on June 1st, as does Eagle Beach/Boyscout Camp. Both spots can be great places to fish at an outgoing tide, or an incoming tide from low. At Eagle Beach in particular, you can try a fly like Pop's Sand lance as well as stinger clousers in olive/white and gray/white.

As for salmon, we have been hearing rumors or kings milling around the area, but none of these rumors have been proven to be true yet. However, sockeye season is soon approaching! Windfall lake closes to fishing on May 31st, and only opens on Wednesday and Saturdays to anglers. You can try your luck for some sockeye on flies such as the Red Hot, Sockeye Lightnings, and Copper Swans.

If ever you have fishing questions, feel free to swing into the shop or give us a call!

Happy Fishing!

-Brad, Mike, Kayla & Chas


Fishing Report 5-22-14 PDF Print E-mail



The hunt is over, folks... the Dolly Varden in the Juneau area have finally set their sights on the salmon fry. With DIPAC beginning their annual net pen releases for the next couple of weeks, we can only expect the feeding frenzy and fishing to get better from here! From what we have seen, the size of Dollies have been all over the charts, but the one thing they all have in common right now; they love green and white and gray and white clousers.

Good places to fish will be Sheep Creek, Salmon Creek, and Peterson Creek. When fishing for these Dollies, try to fish where the fresh and salt water collide, that is where the fry are leaving the safety of their winter homes, and the dollies are feeding on the masses. These creek mouths tend to fish better at either an outgoing or incoming tide. Do not be afraid to blind cast a bit into the salt, either! Sometimes, you will not see the dollies actively feeding on the surface, so it never hurts to try your luck in deeper tide waters.

If you are still in search of your annual steelhead catch, they are still trickling into creeks around the Juneau area. However, since they are nearing the end of their run, please make sure that the steelhead you are casting to is not actively building its redd or spawning.

Finally, it is the time of year to begin thinking about King fishing. These salmon can be spotted at Outer Point, Auke Creek, and soon enough at Fish Creek.

Happy Fishing!

-Brad, Mike, Kayla & Chas


Fishing Report 5-15-14 PDF Print E-mail




The fishing is officially on!

Dolly Varden are beginning to school all around the Juneau area. They haven't quite claimed their spots at the mouths of creeks, but as more and more fry leave creeks, they will begin to plant themselves at creek mouths like Sheep Creek, Salmon Creek, and Auke Creek. Fishing in early May takes a bit of patience, but if you put in some time, you will no doubt find the Dollys. Try using patterns like green and gold salmon fry, gray and pearl salmon fry, and clouser minnows.

If you prefer to hunt down the steelhead off the road system, the season is just beginning, but also about to come to an end. Getting out this weekend would be your best bet to find a nice chrome steelhead. Try our selection of steelhead beads to help on your hunt.

If you are looking for a more distant adventure to find some chrome steelhead or Dolly Varden, the Situk River in Yakutat has been seeing strong numbers returning everyday. The water is very low, so buggy, small patterns such as the Gummy Stone Fly, B.H. Rubber Leg Stone, or Copper Swan will be just the trick.

This weekend is shaping up to be a great weekend to wet some lines, the sun is shining and the fish are poking around, so stop wishing... go fishing!



Fishing Report 5-1-14 PDF Print E-mail


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Like so many years before, the fishing is beginning slow, but is getting better everyday. Cold nights, rain, and snow pack are keeping the streams and lake temperatures low. However, the warm sunny skies that are coming in the next few days are sure to push the smolt out of streams and allow a few steelhead to sneak in.

As of now, pink and chum fry are beginning to be spotted at the mouths of creeks and around boat harbors. These are great spots to target Dolly Varden. For dollies this time of year, check out Sheep Creek on a falling tide and the mouth of Salmon Creek at the low. Small, sparse fry patterns are what you will need for these early season Dolly's. Try using the Green and Gold Fry, Little McFry, and the Clouser Minnow in a #6. For areas that see Hooligan and Sand Lance, try Pop's Sand Lance or Gummy Sand Eel. If you are thinking of targeting some Cutthroat, try lakes around the area as they open up, they will be hungry for small fry, sculpin and leech patterns.

For you steelhead enthusiasts, it’s time to get busy. When the water is warming up those usually sulky fish can turn aggressive. In this situation, try swinging or drifting larger patterns like Squidro's, Articulated Hareball Leeches or other bright flies in shades of pink, orange, or fuchsia. When the going gets tough or swinging is not possible, switch to dead drifting egg patterns like Steelhead Glo Bugs, Money Bugs or beads. Put in a little time and your patience will pay off in the form of a nice chrome steelhead.


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