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,


Alaska Fly Fishing Goods

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June 7, 2012


May was cold, wet and hit n' miss for the fishing scene. As we've rolled into June though, the fishing has gotten better and better. It will only continue to heat up as the weeks pass. Lets just hope the weather does the same.

Beach dollies are the name of the game right now and the fishing is good. Bracketing the low tide seems to be the best bet to pick up fish. Spots to try include: Echo Cove at the sand spit, Amalga Harbor at the mouth of Peterson Creek, and the black sand beach out at the Thane Ore House. Try throwing your standard Clouser Minnows in gray/white and olive/white, Salmon Fry in green and gold, and Neil Creek Darts. If you are seeing the fish fin or slap the surface try out some top water flies like the Floating Smelt of Neil Creek Slider.

June is also the month of Sockeye Salmon out at Windfall Creek, open Wednesdays and Saturdays (check ADF&G Regs for questions.) Reports of a fish here and there came in last week. With the big tides this week, there are sure to be some fish in for Saturday. Some of our favorite Sockeye flies include: Sockeye Lightning (chartreuse, red, and silver), Copper Swans, Montana Brassies, and of course Red Hots.

Last but not least, hatchery King Salmon are starting to move in a bit closer to shore. No reports of fish on the fly yet, but soon. Look for this fishery to start picking up here about middle of the month.


The AFFG Crew

S.E. Report 6-3-12 PDF Print E-mail

Summer seems to finally have arrived and the fishing possibilities are exploding.

The Dolly fishing has been off the hook of late. DIPAC has been busily releasing chum fry and are just about to kick loose their king and coho smolts. The Dollies have been on the prowl from Dupont & Sheep Creek all the way through the channel to Fish Creek. Auke Bay, Amalga Harbor, most of Cowee Creek downstream from the bridge and Echo Cove. Larger smolt patterns have been the ticket. Neil Creek Darts in Olive/White, Gray/White and All White are particularly effective.

The beaches will continue to have most of the Dolly action for the next few weeks until the Dollies start to relocate to freshwater in anticipation of the salmon returns. As of June 1st, Eagle Beach is now open to Dolly fishing. A walk out to the Boy Scout Camp can be well worth the effort. Check out the western most sandy tip of the beach where a nice tide rip occurs.

Any time now we will see the first king salmon returning to the Fish Creek area. June 10 is often the start of the run with June 20 - 30 having the peak numbers of bright fish. Stay tuned for more info on this.

The Windfall Creek sockeye fishery is open again. Wednesdays and Saturdays for the month of June. No fishing at all on the other 5 days. Sockeye Lanterns, Sockeye Lightnings and Red Hots have consistently been the top flies at Windfall. A great sleeper fly last year was the Silver Copper Swan.

Get out there and enjoy the weather and the return of fishing! Brad

S.E Fish Report 5-17-12 PDF Print E-mail

Improving weather, DIPAC fry releases, and steelhead fishing top this week's report. After several weeks of the worst May weather stretch anyone can remember, anglers are getting back out and finding fish. Those of us who were on steelhead trips the last couple of weeks found high, very cold water and fish that didn't feel much like grabbing flies. With river temps in the mid to upper 30's and ocean temps in the 40's, the bulk of the run sat out front and waited. Now that the water is starting to warm the fish are getting with the program.

For steelhead, fresh fish are still coming in. Even though it is getting late in May, many of the fish are just hitting the creeks. Do keep your eye out for paired up spawners and avoid fishing to them. Also try not to walk through or just downsteam of their redds. Peterson, especially up higher in the creek has produced some nice fish. Cowee also has started to produce. Both are fairly low and clear. If you are heading out to Cowee beware of delays since the road reconstruction is in full swing.

Onto Dolly fishing. We just spoke with our friends at DIPAC about spring fry releases. As you know, when the chum fry get released the dinner table is set. Dolly fishing goes from spotty to insane. DIPAC has not released any fry yet. With the cold start to the month the chum fry need a tad more time to fatten up. General release sites and numbers are as follows:

  • Salmon Creek  - 12 Million Fry
  • Sheep Creek    - 24 Million Fry
  • Amalga Harbor - 46 Million Fry

The releases will be staggered over the next 2 weeks and will be wrapped up by the end of May. The coho and king smolt usually are released in the first 10 days of June.

So, make sure you have:

One final note, the Twin Lakes king salmon stocking is happening on Friday May 18. Hit the lake and beat up on some little kings!

Get out and enjoy the weather and catch some fish! Brad, Mike, Cory, Chas and Dave

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