Juneau Report 8-17-12 PDF Print E-mail

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Juneau Report 8-17-12

Fishing in the Juneau area continues to be great. Not a lot has changed since our last report. The Chum spawn is starting to slow, so dollies may be keying in on some older washed out colors of beads. Think Apricot, Mottled Gold Roe and Mottled Egg Yolk.

There are still a few pinks left out at Echo, but it sounds like it is starting tail off. At the head of the cove, near the boat ramp, there are far fewer fish. Out towards the mouth there are sporadic schools.

One exciting development, we are hearing rumors of the first Silvers of the year, but it is just the very beginning. We expect to see fish in Cowee Creek and the Channel soon. The weather looks good for the weekend, so get out there and get your fish on. Maybe an early, acrobatic silver will grace you with its presence.

Good Luck,


Brad and the boys


Juneau Report 8-03-12 PDF Print E-mail

Juneau Report 8-03-12

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Fishing this week around Juneau has been outstanding. Pinks continue to swarm around the banks of Echo Cove. The fish hanging around the head of the cove are turning, while brighter fish can be found farther out towards the mouth. Pink continues to be the go to color. If the fish aren’t grabbing a stripped fly, try a strip, strip, pause technique. Often the pinks will grab the fly during or just after the pause.

Most Chums are now in the streams in the process of spawning. This means that egg flies and beads are the weapon of choice for Dollies and Cutthroat. Montana Creek, Cowee Creek and most other creeks are fishing hot and heavy. If you are looking for numbers of fish, fish the runs right behind spawning chums or pinks. Larger fish often can be found in deeper pools and behind structure such as snags where it is a little easier for them to hide.

Most of the hatchery king fishing is done for the year. There are a few schools of darker fish in the Fish Creek Pond and around Auke Bay. A few of these fish tend to stray into local streams like Fish Creek and Montana Creek. Don’t be surprised to see these guys at the end of your line while Dolly fishing.

The question of the week is: Where are the silvers? Answer: Somewhere out there… in the salt.

A few streams in the Juneau area may see the first Silvers in the next week or two. We start hearing of the first fish usually around Aug 15th. It is between Aug 25th and September 1st, though, before the fishing becomes consistent, with the fishery peeking the last two weeks of September. So don’t burn yourself out by trying to hit the Silvers too soon. If you do go, good early spots in the salt are the Point of St. Louisa, the radio station at Salmon Creek, Lena Point and Outer Point. Sometimes lower Cowee Creek will spit out an early chromer, too.

We are holding our annual class on how to fish beads for trout and Dollies.  The class is being held Saturday, August 11 at noon.  Cost:$35 and includes a bead box with beads and accessories, and on stream instruction.   Space is limited.  Call 586-3754 to register.

Get out there and hit it!

Brad, Mike, Cory, Dave and Chaz

SE Report 7-25-12 PDF Print E-mail

Juneau Report 7-25-12


With the end of July rolling closer, the fishing off of the Juneau road system and Northern Southeast has heated up. Chums and Pinks are now in most systems with tons of Dollies and a trout in with them. Most Chums are already in mid spawn in most systems, but there are still a few fresh fish moving in. Try a slow swing or dead drift to get these monsters to bite. Pink Starlite Leeches, Bunny Leeches and Hareball Leeches can be the ticket. Go small and dead drift if they are being lock lipped.

Pinks that are in the streams are either staging in the pools or just entering the estuaries and the beginning of the pink spawn isn’t far off. For staging pinks in the streams or estuaries, try the old standby Humpy Hooker or pink Starlite Leech. For fussy fish, try dead drifting either a Neon Shrimp, Karluk Shrimp or Money Bug.

Echo Cove continues to produce lot of pinks. Males are starting to turn and form massive humps on their backs while most hens are still running bright. There are a lot of fish still in the salt too. Fishing for pinks in the salt should continue to be good for another couple of weeks. Sea Runner Specials, Humpy Hookers and Rocketmen in pink or fuschia are good choices. Floating lines or slow (emphasis on slow) sink tips can be good. The retrieve can be anything from a consistent strip to a slow strip and pause. Places to try for pinks other than Echo Cove are: Pt. Louisa, Lena Point, mouth of Fish Creek, Montana Creek and the Shrine.

In the creeks, eggs have now become the norm for Dollies and trout, either in the form of egg patterns or beads. Most creeks in the Juneau area and off of the road system are fishing good to great. Egg patterns like Gorman’s Bead Head Eggs and Unreal Eggs in oranges and pinks are working well. Both 8mm and 10mm beads are rocking the char too. Try colors like Mottled Peachy King, Glow Roe, Tangerine, Orange Clear and Egg Yolk. Please remember that state law requires a pegged bead (non free sliding) be within two inches of the hook. Another note: felt soled boots are illegal on all fresh waters of Alaska.

Good Fishing to you,

Brad, Mike and the boys

S.E.Report 07-12-12 PDF Print E-mail

Juneau Report 7-12-12

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The 4th has come and gone, which means it is time to get your fish on! Drizzly rain, nights of horrendous down pours with the occasional “sucker hole” kept most anglers at bay last week, but those who did fish found some fun times when the waters allowed.

Echo Cove is currently fishing very well for pinks. Hoards of fresh fish continue to cruise the beaches, making for exciting action on the fly. Try fishing the low tides on the boat launch side of the cove. Pink streamers like the Humpy Hooker are the key.

When in shape, Cowee Creek has been fishing well for both pinks and dollies. Fishing has been best down towards the meadow. Pink and purple leeches such as Starlite Leeches and Hareball Leeches have been good for pinks. Dollies are starting to transition from eating salmon smolt to gobbling up eggs. Clouser Minnows, Battle Creek Specials, traditional egg patterns and beads are all good choices.

Tons of chums have been showing up in the local waters over the past few weeks. There are hatchery fish returning to Auke Bay, Amalga Harbor, Sheep Creek and McCauley (Dipac) Fish Hatcheries. Good places to try them in the salt are off the beaches surrounding these areas along with the Shrine of St. Teresa, Lena Point and Pt. Louisa. Chums in the salt can be tricky, but typically pink streamers like the Party Girl and Party Boy can be a good choice. Also try smaller patterns like the Neon Shrimp.

All of the rain from last week has encouraged chums to enter freshwater. Peterson Creek, Auke Creek, Sheep Creek, Montana Creek and Fish Creek are starting to see them. Dollies are following them in, which means egg season is upon us. Fishing bead and egg patterns will continue to improve as the chum start to spawn in the next week or two. Try beads in 8mm and 10mm in colors like Peachy King, Mango, Egg Yolk and Glow Roe. Be sure to look at our newly redesigned Southeast Bead Selections with the latest and most effective local bead colors and sizes. For flies, try the Emission Egg, Battle Creeks and Gorman’s BH Egg.

On a related note, if you are interested in learning more about fishing with beads, be sure to check out our Hosted Fishing Day on Saturday July 28th. We’ll take a small group of anglers to a local stream where hands-on instruction will be given on selecting, rigging and fishing beads. Call the shop for more info or to sign up. 586-1550

S.E Fish Report 06-19-12 PDF Print E-mail

Juneau Report 06-19-12



Well it looks like the the weather is taking a turn for the better this week, and so is the fishing. As the week moves on, the tides are become more conducive to bring in more salmon. Also with the nicer weather though, be prepared for our insect friends.


Dolly fishing continues to be good to great. With all the rain of last week, more and more creeks are finding the dollies transitioning from salt to fresh. With that being said, do not overlook the great beach fishing that is currently going on out at Dupont, Echo Cove and Eagle Beach. Patterns to try in freshwater and estuaries include: Clousers, small smolt patters and Wooly Buggers of different colors. In the salt try: Stinger Clousers, Neil Creek Darts, Pops Sandlance and other bait fish patterns. The longer patterns can be very effective off of the sandy beaches.


Sockeye, like Kings, have been late to the gate this year. With the larger tides and rain fall from the last few days, we are expecting to hear good things from Windfall this week.


The hatchery king fishing has been slow so far this year, but good reports as of late from the salt guys, has us fly guys getting excited. There are a few reports of fish moving through the estuary Fish Creek. Target these guys just before and after the high tide. Though a little harder to fish, other spots to check out are between Salmon Creek and Dipac and the mouth of Auke Creek. Try big flashy patterns like Rock Stars and Guide Intruders in pinks, chartreuses and blues.


Be sure to take advantage of the nicer weather this week and go catch some fish!


Tight Lines,


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