Fishing Report 5-15-14 PDF Print E-mail




The fishing is officially on!

Dolly Varden are beginning to school all around the Juneau area. They haven't quite claimed their spots at the mouths of creeks, but as more and more fry leave creeks, they will begin to plant themselves at creek mouths like Sheep Creek, Salmon Creek, and Auke Creek. Fishing in early May takes a bit of patience, but if you put in some time, you will no doubt find the Dollys. Try using patterns like green and gold salmon fry, gray and pearl salmon fry, and clouser minnows.

If you prefer to hunt down the steelhead off the road system, the season is just beginning, but also about to come to an end. Getting out this weekend would be your best bet to find a nice chrome steelhead. Try our selection of steelhead beads to help on your hunt.

If you are looking for a more distant adventure to find some chrome steelhead or Dolly Varden, the Situk River in Yakutat has been seeing strong numbers returning everyday. The water is very low, so buggy, small patterns such as the Gummy Stone Fly, B.H. Rubber Leg Stone, or Copper Swan will be just the trick.

This weekend is shaping up to be a great weekend to wet some lines, the sun is shining and the fish are poking around, so stop wishing... go fishing!



Fishing Report 5-1-14 PDF Print E-mail


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Like so many years before, the fishing is beginning slow, but is getting better everyday. Cold nights, rain, and snow pack are keeping the streams and lake temperatures low. However, the warm sunny skies that are coming in the next few days are sure to push the smolt out of streams and allow a few steelhead to sneak in.

As of now, pink and chum fry are beginning to be spotted at the mouths of creeks and around boat harbors. These are great spots to target Dolly Varden. For dollies this time of year, check out Sheep Creek on a falling tide and the mouth of Salmon Creek at the low. Small, sparse fry patterns are what you will need for these early season Dolly's. Try using the Green and Gold Fry, Little McFry, and the Clouser Minnow in a #6. For areas that see Hooligan and Sand Lance, try Pop's Sand Lance or Gummy Sand Eel. If you are thinking of targeting some Cutthroat, try lakes around the area as they open up, they will be hungry for small fry, sculpin and leech patterns.

For you steelhead enthusiasts, it’s time to get busy. When the water is warming up those usually sulky fish can turn aggressive. In this situation, try swinging or drifting larger patterns like Squidro's, Articulated Hareball Leeches or other bright flies in shades of pink, orange, or fuchsia. When the going gets tough or swinging is not possible, switch to dead drifting egg patterns like Steelhead Glo Bugs, Money Bugs or beads. Put in a little time and your patience will pay off in the form of a nice chrome steelhead.


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

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