SE Report 7/28/11 PDF Print E-mail

SE Report 7/28/11


The streams and rivers around Northern S.E. are stuffed with pinks and chums.  The inclement weather as of late has encouraged the fish to push up into all of the watersheds.  The spawn should come into full swing this week.  Look for a lot of eggs to be free drifting in the runs. 

The Pink run is not expected to peak in the salt until the second week of August.  This means that there are still a lot more pinks on the way.  Echo Cove continues to produce abundant amount of pink to fly anglers.  Try small, pink surface and sub-surface flies with a weight forward floating line with a 9 foot, ten-pound leader.  Waking surface flies such as the Kiss of Death can be a lot of fun when the water is calm.  Humpy Hookers are still the sub-surface fly of choice.

Other places to look for pinks off of the Juneau road system are: The mouth of Montana Creek, Cowee Creek, the mouth of Fish Creek or the Shrine of St. Theresa.  There are loads of pinks, chums and dollies in most streams and river out and away from Juneau.   A short skiff ride or plane flight can take you out to some incredible fishing with out the crowds.

Dolly fishing continues to be very successful as the fish prepare for the feast ahead.  The streams are flowing at normal to high rates, which is helping the dollies spread out into the runs.  Look to fish egg patterns and beads in 8mm and 10mm sizes.  Good egg imitation colors can be peach king, oranges, pinks and reds. Bead colors to try are mottled tangerine, mottled orange clear, mottled natural roe, fluor orange, sun orange and peach pearl.  There are a lot of other good colors, too many to name. Please check with us and we’ll be glad to help pick out good colors and sizes.

Sockeye are said to be showing up down at Sweetheart Creek. Try hitting this run early before it becomes over crowded with pinks.

When fishing this time of year, please remember to use proper bear etiquette, as bears are more numerous around the streams this time of year.

See you on the water,

Brad, Mike, Cory and Chaz

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

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