Juneau Opening Season Fish Report 2014 PDF Print E-mail



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We’re here to welcome the 2014 fishing season! This last week brought clear skies and sun to the Juneau area and on most waters, the ice is just starting to open up.  This week’s weather report looks like what we need to continue to open up the lakes, rivers, and fishing trails. It looks perfect for enticing the dollies and trout out of the lakes and into streams and estuaries. The fishing can only get better from here.

Rumors of early steelhead, cutthroat, and dollies are beginning to roam around town, with no confirmed reports. Our best guess is that with the upcoming rain in the forecast steelhead will soon begin to make their way into the waters around the Juneau area.

Now is a great time to review your stock of flies, gear, and accessories so that when the fish hit you’re ready! Be sure to check out our selection of new Dolly flies, Steehead flies, and our brand new Beads!

*In other exciting news, we are moving our shop to a new location! We will remain in our downtown location through April 24th. We will be closed for the move April 25-27th. And re-open at our new location on Old Dairy Road on April 28th! We will be announcing a Grand Re-Opening Celebration soon!*

*Our new location will be: 8465 Old Dairy Road (Between Wingnut Auto and UrgentCare)*

-Brad, Mike, Chas & Kayla


Juneau Final 2013 Report PDF Print E-mail

It is Mid-October and things are ramping down after a darn good season of fishing. Silver fishing was excellent right through the 1st week of October and then dropped off like a rock. We got a blast of rain and the fish moved way upstream and then the next set of big tides didn't bring in much. Coho will continue to trickle in throughout the month and even into November. But it will be more hunting and scratching for a fish than going out and banging a bunch. 

Dolly and cutthroat fishing will still be good when the water flow allows. They are off the eggs now and small attractor patterns in pink or orange such as Battle Creek Specials, Pink Stripteases in #6 and little Clouser Minnows will pull a fish out of the log jams and runs. Expect to find small pockets of fish rather than fish spread throughout the river. 

Finally, lake fishing will be prime as long as the rains don't muddy things up too much and the ice doesn't set in early. Dredge Lakes and Windfall Lake are some of the best. Attractor patterns as well as Sculpzilla's in #8 are great late season flies. 

Thanks again for reading the fish report. We'll have things going on at the shop all winter. Subscribe to our email newsletter to keep up on all the goings on. We'll start fish reports again in April 2014. Keep in touch!

Brad, Mike, Chas & Kayla

Juneau Report 9-26-13 PDF Print E-mail

It’s getting to be that time of year again. Our rivers and streams act like the Spring Tides, going from one extreme to the other; too much water or too little. This makes the roadside fishing a little more challenging than a month ago, but the fishing remains good and now is the time to go before the season is over!

Looking for silvers?  The channel out by Bayview continues to produce.  Fishing has slowed a little, but each tide  has a few fish from the hatchery run that are still crossing the bar.  Fishing out there should continue to be fair to good for the next week or two. 

For stream side action, Cowee has been the most reliable producer.  Try fishing the deeper pools and log jams with either heavy flies like the Jig Spanker or Dolly Llama, or use a short fast sink tip to get an Egg Sucking Leech.  Montana Creek should have a few fish still to come and with the forecast of rain, this could be a good bet. Try early in the morning or just after the high tide.

Looking for trout and Dollies?  Cowee should still produce a few on egg or flesh flesh patterns.  In Montana Creek, try flesh in the middle stretch and try small streamers or smolt patterns in the deeper pools in the upper stretches around the rifle range.  There could be some silver up there too.  Lakes can be a good bet for trout this time of year. Windfall Lake, the Dredge Lake System and Peterson Salt Chuck can be good places to check out.  Try small dark Wooly Buggers or Sculpin.

Hope to see you out there!

-Brad and Mike

Juneau Report 9-22-13 PDF Print E-mail

Friday and Saturday brought us a classic fall storm with some nice high wind, localized flooding, and coho likely pushing up on the high water. It may be a few days before we have much fishable water. We'll keep our eye on the fishing and post a report as soon as news is available.

A few reasons to not stow your fly gear for the season just yet:

  • The commercial fishing fleet is still doing well catching coho in the Juneau area. That means more fish are coming!
  • 2013 is turning out to be a really good coho year in general. A strong run usually goes on at least till the end of September with stragglers rolling in well into October.
  • Persistance catches fish. Although overall numbers have been good, day to day fly fishing has often been spotty. Keep at it and you will be rewarded. 

Stay tuned and head out to look for good water whenever you can.

Brad, Mike, Kayla & Chas

Juneau Report 9-6-13 PDF Print E-mail

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Rain heavy at times…periods of sun…and so fall has sprung!  Silvers are in and we are experiencing true SE Alaska Fall weather.  When the weather, water clarity and tides permit, the channel has been producing well.  Standard flies like Clouser Minnows, Half n’ Half Deceivers and Polar Starlite Leeches are all working. Black & White has been a sleeper color of late that should be in your fly box.  When the water is off color, try S&B String Leeches in White or Party Girls in White.

Montana and Cowee Creek have been bouncing between too high and too low over the last few weeks.  The best time to hit these streams is when the water is just coming up or when it is receding following a heavy rain. Typically a floating line with a long leader and heavy pattern like the Jig Spanker will be the ticket.  If fishing during high water, try any holding water, back channels or sloughs with a fast sink tip line and white leech pattern.  The Rio Streamer Tip fly line is perfect as it has a 10 foot super fast sink tip. You can still mend it easily and it gets down quick in those small holding areas. S&B’s Super String Leech, Dolly Llamas and Strip Teases in White and Black & White are good fly choices as they put off a large profile and stand out in murky water.

Dolly and trout fishing is fair to good.  Beads and egg patterns are becoming less effective as there are less and less spawning pinks.  But do not count them out as good “dead” eggs are still floating around and can entice a hungry fish.  When fishing around deeper pools and log jams, try fishing small flesh patterns in white, cream or washed flesh.  Battle Creek Specials, Twofers and Two Egg Omelets are all good bets. The high water can kick up a lot of flesh from the spawned out carcasses which creates a good amount of late season food.

The fishing season is in the final stretches.  Now is the time to get out and get your fish on!!

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