S.E. Fish Report 5-4-12 PDF Print E-mail

Check out some bright spring Chrome from Friday May 4th. On a river you can drive to in Juneau. Get on out there!


S.E. Report 5-3-12 PDF Print E-mail

spring steelhead on

Those fish rumors you have been hearing are true and so it is time for the first fish report of the year. A few dollies and steelhead have been caught in the area within the last few weeks. Like so many years before, the fishing started out slow, but continues to get better on a daily basis. Cold weather, rain and lots of snow pack are keeping the stream temps cold, but the warm sunny skies of April got the smolt to push out early. The warm April weather even got a few steelhead to sneak in.

Lots of pink and chum fry can be found at the mouths of creeks and around the boat harbors. These areas are likely spots to target Dolly Varden. For dollies, try checking out the mouth of Sheep Creek on a falling tide, the mouth of Salmon Creek bracketing the low tide, Peterson Creek Salt Chuck or at the mouth on an outgoing tide. Echo Cove can be good on an incoming tide. Small, sparse fry patterns are the ticket now. Try using the Green and Gold Fry, Epoxy Mini Minnow or Little McFry. Sparse Clouser Minnows in #6 can be good, too. For areas that see Hooligan and Sand Lance, try the ever-so-deadly Stinger Clouser or Neil Creek Dart.

For you steelhead enthusiasts, it’s time to get busy. When the water is on the rise and warming up those usually sulky fish can turn aggressive. In this situation, try swinging or drifting larger patterns like Hot Bunny Leeches, Duece Wiggalos or other bright flies in shades of pink, orange or fuschia. When the going gets tough or swinging is not possible, switch to dead drifting shrimp and egg patterns like Steelhead Glo Bugs, Money Bugs or the Liquid Wrench. Put in a little time, be stealthy like a ninja and your patience will pay off in the form of steely chrome.

Tight Lines and Good Luck,

-Brad, Mike and the crew

S.E. Report 9-14-11 PDF Print E-mail

A dry weekend finally alowed the rivers to return to fishable levels. And the silvers were there! Both Sunday and Monday produced good catches of bright fish. Both Montana Creek and Cowee Creek had good numbers of fish. The beaches had their moments with pockets of fish being caught. If you were on them you could really put some numbers up. Otherwise, it was one here and one there. Check out this chromer from Monday:

silver salmon


Keep fishing. It appears the bulk of the fish are just showing up now.

See you on the water! Brad

S.E. Report 9-5-11 PDF Print E-mail

We all know the silvers are coming in. But, how do you find them when it rains day after day after day? The rivers are high, the saltwater is off color from all the rivers, and it takes some real will-power to go out in this weather. DON'T DESPAIR! There are fish to be caught if you choose your spots and your days.

Starting with the saltwater: The area around DIPAC, Salmon Creek, and Lemon Creek has been more prone to getting mudded-out. Some large tides have helped flush the channel in this area and it has had its moments of productivity. A better bet is to fish farther up the channel towards the airport, by Bayview and out to Fish Creek estuary. This area has had better water visibilty and some good numbers of silvers cruising by. Try the lower end of the tide. Especially the middle of the flooding tide. This next week has very moderate tide swings which are ideal; not too much water flowing but enough to pull fish in. Plus, DIPAC has a new strain of coho returning this year and on average they are BIGGER! Check out this nearly 14lb buck from last week.



In the Freshwater: Creeks with smaller drainages or less gradient are fishing better than the big-boys. Cowee Creek, which has a large watershed, takes about 48 hours of little or no rain to come into good fishing shape. It has been very challenging to fish the past couple of weeks. Montana Creek on the other hand has been much more fishable. All it takes is a day of fairly dry weather and the creek drops nicely.

So keep your eye on the forecast, look for some of those Mostly Cloudy days, and get out there.

See you on the water. Brad

S.E. Report 8-2011 PDF Print E-mail

S.E. Report 08-20-11


Can you say pinks, pinks and more pinks; add the words: rain, rain and more rain and that will sum up this weeks report.

High water and ten billion pinks has been the word on the street.  When the water hasn’t been into the trees, fishing for dollies has been good, but spotty. Dollies will continue to feed on eggs as the pink spawn continues for the next week or two (possible 3 or more this year!) Try beads and egg patterns in fresh and old colors.  Small flesh flies can produce too.

The question of the week is: “Where are the silvers???”  Well they are starting to show up.  It’s just a question of finding them among all the pinks, and then getting a fly to them that the pinks don’t eat first. Try throwing chartreuse colored flies in the deep pools close to the estuaries.

The other factor to the equation is all the rain and high water we’re experiencing.  This is making the creeks and rivers impossible to fish.  We’re expecting to hear good reports of silvers after water levels fall back to normal. Until then, maybe look in the channel or tidewater.

Good luck and good fishing (when possible!)

Brad and the gang.

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