S.E. Report 07/20/11 PDF Print E-mail

S.E. Report 07/20/11


The roadside fishing in Juneau, and most of S.E. Alaska,  is on fire, so to speak.  Pinks and Chums have entered most freshwater systems.  Dolly Varden and Cutthroat trout are following the into the beds to eat the dislodged eggs, free drifting from the salmon redds.  If there were a time to wet a line, it is now!  P7170011

Pinks are still in Echo Cove by the thousands.  Most of these fish are still bright, and they put up quite a fight.  Look to take them with a 6-8 wt. rod with a floating line and a 9’ leader.  Humpy Hookers and Searunner Specials are the patterns of choice.  Want a challenge?  Try taking them with a top water popper. Waking a pink foam or deer hair wog can be quite a blast.  Just seeing the hooked snout open wide behind the fly can leave a grown man in a giggling fit that may last for hours.  Try the Kiss of Death, Techno Wog or Popper Wog.

Chums are quickly metamorphosing from their beautiful ocean bright stage into their gnarly, dog toothed, alligator-like spawning phase. These big guys are tough opponents and great photo fish, but probably not the best table fair.  Try pink Starlite Leeches and Egg Sucking LeechesC.H. Popsicles and Kandy Kanes can be the golden fly too.

With the latest rains, the Chum spawn has started. Dollies and Cutties are busy gaining winter weight eating eggs like there’s no tomorrow.  Try egg patterns such as #8 Glo Bugs and Unreal Egg Clusters.  Beads are also an effective means of tricking trout and dollies onto the end of the line.  Because of how beads are set up to fish, the mortality rate on fish that are caught and released is much lower than that of traditional egg patterns.  Want to know more, check out Beads: The Bare Naked TruthDolly_Varden_up_close

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Good Luck on the water!

Brad and the gang

SE Report 07-02-11 PDF Print E-mail

July is here and so are the Pinks and Chum!  What does this mean for you Juneau and South East anglers?  Well it means that there are a lot of fish to be caught! Echo Cove is loaded with the annual return of a billion pinks, and being that it is an odd year, it might  mean 10 billion.  Anglers are already reporting a lot of chrome Pinks falling for the ever famous pink fly, the Humpy Hooker.  Want a little more of a challenge, try throwing some dry flies: Popper Wogs, Puget Sounds Sliders and the Kiss of Death. A lot of Chums are in Amalga Harbor and along the beach at the Shrine of St. Theresa.  Humpy Hookers, Krillers and Neon Shrimp in hot pink can be the ticket for the finicky canine toothed beasts.  Try a long slow retrieve if the Chum aren't going for the regular strip retrieve.

Those of you looking to fish moving water, look to fish the pools and runs for both Pinks and Chums . Pink or purple Egg Sucking Leeches and Starlite Leeches are often the fly of choice.  Try short erratic strips for Pinks and try either dead drifting or a slow swing to get the Chum. These guys can be a blast right now as they are just arriving from the salt.

There are still a few hatchery Kings around, but the bite has slowed down a lot since last week.  Fish Creek is probably the best bet.  Try hitting it one hour after the high.  Big pink streamers can still produce, but also try darker patterns like black/blue or black/red streamers.  The Jumbo Critter can be a good fly in the darker colors.  These can entice some of the more weary fish.

Sockeye fishing is now CLOSED for the year at Windfall Creek.  The next Sockeye fishery is down at Sweetheart Creek, but be ready for crowds and bears.  Other Sockeye fisheries should be happening now too.  A little research can help find other fisheries like that off of the Haines road system.


Dollies and Cutthroat have been transitioning back into the freshwater for the last couple of weeks.  If these fish haven't started feeding on eggs already, they soon will be, as the spawn isn't far off.  Clouser Minnows, BH Buggers and other small bait fish looking patterns can work.  If these aren't doing the trick, then it is time to start dead drifting egg patterns or beads.   Want to knowmore about beads?  Check out the Beads 101 article on our website.                               

We hope every one has a GREAT 4th OF JULY weekend.  Have fun and be safe.

Tight Lines,

Brad, Mike, Cory and Chaz.

S.E Report 6/24/11 PDF Print E-mail

windfall sockeyeWindfall Sockeye lead off our report this week. Check out the chromer that 10 year old Mikel beached last week. Nice going, Mikel! The fishing has been consistently good for sockeye this June. A very strong run of fish, decent water levels, and good chunks of time when the bite has been on. Along with the usual Green Lanterns and Red Hots, a few new flies have been kicking butt. Sockeye Lightnings in Chartreuse and Copper Swans in Red and Copper Swans in Silver have been getting the job done. Only two days left, this Saturday June 26 and next Wednesday June 29, and then Windfall Creek is closed to ALL fishing for the rest of June and all of July. Gotta let the rest of the sockeye get through so they can go make more!

King fishing is at its peak this week. Lots of bright fish coming in and quite a few jacks, too. Since Fish Creek and the Channel are in the terminal area, there is no size limit so feel free to keep those small kings, too. Last week Chartreuse was the hot color and this week it seems like Pink is back in the lead. Along with the usual steady strip retrieve, try swinging the fly in the current with no retrieve. They have been crushing the swing. Just have a good grip on your rod because the take is jolting.

Cowee Creek is starting to fish well for Dollies and will just keep getting better as we roll into July. The first pink salmon are out in Echo Cove off the beaches, too. Look for the rollers and have plenty of Humpy Hookers in your box.

See you out there. Brad

S.E Report 6-17-11 PDF Print E-mail

My apologies for the long delay in putting up a new report. It has been crazy here at the shop. But in a good way. Now, on to the fishing.

KINGS: They are in! Fish Creek and Auke Creek both have good numbers of kings cruising around. It varies from tide to tide as to how many fish are in the neighborhood, but some tides have produced well. Large profile flies like Rockstars, Guide Intruders and Trailer Trash are all good bets. Start with Pink and follow with Chartreuse. Make sure to have your No-See-Um Head Net as the bugs are epic this year.

SOCKEYE at Windfall Creek - Reports from Wednesday and last Saturday were of good numbers of fishing moving in to the creek. Green seemed to be the color of choice both days, but Red will have its moments, too.

DOLLY VARDEN - The Channel has finally really caught fire. Salmon Creek, the beaches across from Salmon Creek on Douglas Island, and little Kowee Creek by the Douglas Bridge have all been hot.

Finally, Cowee Creek out the road has filled up with Dollies. They annually make their move into the rivers about this time and reports are good. Try downstream from the bridge with a Pink Clouser Minnow, Battle Creek Special, or Pearl Pink Egg Sucking Leech.

See you out there, Brad

S.E Report 5-27-11 PDF Print E-mail

Dolly fishing is picking up steadily. After a cool early May and spotty fishing, the Dollies are starting to congregate as they feed on out-migrating salmon fry. One contributing factor is the release of DIPAC chum fry. I talked with Rick at DIPAC and he passed along their current fry release info. Here is a brief summary of what has happened and what is coming up:

  • Salmon Creek - 5 1/2 million fry released on May 27. This was the first release at the DIPAC facility this year. They plan to release about the same number again (5 1/2 million) somewhere around the second week of June.
  • Amalga Harbor - 28 million fry released around May 21st. Another large release will occur in June.
  • Sheep Creek - 11 million fry released on around May 21st. An even larger release will occur in June.

Here is what I would take away from this information:

  • What had been a Dolly here and there, is going to turn into much more steady fishing. 
  • A Clouser Minnow in Olive/White or Gray/White in size 4 looks an awful lot like a DIPAC chum fry. Stingers are even better.
  • Sheep Creek as well as any water flowing near Thane Road is a really good bet for fishing.
  • Fish from 3 hours before the low until 3 hours after. Some spots fish better on a dropping tide and some are better on the flood. Experiment around and you will be rewarded.

A few other spots to try for DIPAC-related Dolly action: mouth of Salmon Creek at the low, shore line next  to the Douglas Bridge and adjacent the Dept of Labor building, little Kowee Creek next to the Douglas Bridge, Amalga Harbor (where Peterson Creek enters the saltwater), and after June 1 Eagle Beach by the Boy Scout Camp around the low tide (especially at the farthest tip of the sand spit.)

For non-DIPAC fishing take a look at the mouth of Cowee Creek around the low or Echo Cove out on the sand spit. If you are feeling energetic try walking the loop. Down Cowee to fish the mouth, around the Echo Ranch facility, out to the mouth of Echo Cove to fish, and back in to the parking lot at Echo.

See you on the water! Brad

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