Fishing Report 9-18-14 PDF Print E-mail






The best Coho fishing in years is upon us. Coho's continue to return to town in the masses, with no intent to slow down anytime soon. The Gastineau Channel, Cowee Creek, Montana Creek, and Auke Creek continue to light up with chrome cohos moving in daily.

With the low-high tides and the high-low tides this last week, the Coho have been stacking up in the channel, and pushing into creeks with the high tides. Now is the time to pull every color fly you have in your box, throw long casts, and strip in varying speeds. The Coho's are craving variation, as they have seen a lot of different colors and techniques thrown there way so far this season.

Try flies like the Dolly Llama, Clouser Minnow and Stinger Clouser Minnow, Coho a gogo, Rockstar, Deep Six and Rocketman in Pink, Purple, Chartreuse, Fuscia, Aleutian Queen, Tutti Fruitti, and Black/White for Saltwater fishing. Try Egg Sucking Leeches, Egg Hareball Leeches, Hareball Leeches, Starlite Leeches, Jig Spankers in Black, Purple, Pink, and Aleutian Queen for Freshwater Fishing.

If you land a fish on one color, and the Coho's seem to shut off after that, change your color, and you will find you will have better luck. Cast to jumpers, rollers, or tails you see, and you are sure to get lucky.

The season is far from over, so don't let the rain get you down, be sure to get out there and find some fresh Coho's.



Happy Fishing!

-Brad, Mike & Kayla


Fishing Report 9-11-14 PDF Print E-mail



As we progress into September, the fishing continues to impress us all. The Gastineau Channel has still been producing good numbers of chrome coho's. We predict that as the tides get smaller in the coming week, the coho's will begin to stack up in holes all along the channel more than they have in the last week with such huge tide changes. Continue to throw flies such as the Dolly Llama, Clouser Minnow, Rockstar, and Coho-A-Gogo. Pink has been the saltwater color of the summer thus far... Try color combos like all pink, pink/purple and pink/chartreuse.


The big news in coho fishing this week is that the creek fishing has officially begun! Coho's have been stacking up in Cowee, Montana, and Auke Creek with the huge tides this week. Try fishing deep pockets, and the mouth of the creeks with flies such as the Clouser Minnow, Coho-A-Gogo, Dolly Llama, Egg Sucking Leech, Hareball Leech and Articulated Hareball Leech. Chartreuse has been the freshwater color of the week... Try color combos like chartreuse/pink, chart/white, and chartreuse/blue.


The trout fishing has continued to slow down, but if you look hard enough you can still find some Dolly Varden and Cutthroats hanging deep in pockets under log jams, around large rocks, and under overhanging alders. Try drifting some egg sucking leeches, small flesh patterns, or egg patterns through these places, and you are sure to get lucky.

As we said last week, if you have yet to get out coho fishing, you have seriously been missing out! Stop by the shop and we will fill you with unsolicited advice, flies, and fishing tales.

Happy Fishing!

-Brad, Mike & Kayla


Fishing Report 9-4-14 PDF Print E-mail




If you have not gone out fishing for Coho's yet, you have seriously been missing out. We have jumped into coho fishing full throttle with what looks like the strongest run we have seen in years. The Gastineau Channel has been our strongest producer this last week, numbers of salmon fluctuating with the tides. With rain heavy-at-times in the forecast for the next few days, keep an eye on the channel for visibility issues, the darker the water- the brighter the flies, right? Try fishing the outgoing tides, to incoming flood tides along the Gastineau Channel. Try using the Dolly Llama #2 in purple/pink, chartreuse/pink, fuchsia/blue, and pink/white, Clouser Minnow #2 purple/pink, pink/white, all pink, and chartreuse/white, Mr. Bodangles in all colors, and the Kilowatt purple/pink, Sid Fishes purple/pink, and Coho-a-go-go chartreuse/pink.


Cowee and Montana Creek continue to pick up speed everyday. With high tides, new Silvers enter the creeks, holding in pockets along the streams, around log jams, and slower moving water. Check water levels before taking the plunge, these creeks fish best just as the water is beginning to rise, or to drop. If you choose to fish in high water levels, try heavier flies like the Dolly Llama in black/white, purple/pink, the Jig Spanker in purple/pink, chartreuse, or pink, and Mr. Bodangles in all colors. If you don't think you are getting down to where the Coho's are holding, you can try throwing on a 5ft Airflo Poly leader, or just some extra split shot.


Dolly and trout fishing has been fair. Bead fishing is less productive than it has been, but throwing the Dolly Llama #6- salmon pink/white, black/white, and all white around log jams in creeks around the area will be sure to get the attention of the trout hiding in their deep holes. Battle Bunnies, Twofers and Two Egg Omelets are all good bets, too. The high water can kick up a lot of flesh from the spawned out carcasses around log jams and rocks which creates a good amount of late season trout food.


We're beginning the final push of the fishing season, so if you haven't already, be sure to get out there and get your fish on!

Happy Fishing!

-Brad, Mike & Kayla



Fishing Report 8-28-14 PDF Print E-mail





As we roll into the beginning of September, the Coho fishing has finally begun to heat up. Within the last few days, the Gastineau Channel area has begun to light up with Cohos. The Coho's are pushing into the Channel with the high tides, and stacking up in holes as low tide approaches. Try fishing a couple hours before low tide, through low, and a few hours of the incoming tide in pockets along the Gastineau Channel. Other places to try your hand at catching a chrome Coho would be Cowee Creek, Montana Creek, Auke Creek, and Point Louisa. Try big, flashy flies, such as Dolly Llama- pink/white, chartreuse/white, chartreuse/black, tutti fruitti, Squidro- black/chartreuse, 12th man, pink/orange, Polar Starlite Leech- chartreuse/white, kandy kane, chartreuse/black, and Clouser Minnow #2- chartreuse/white, pink/white, purple/pink.

With minimal Chum and Pink salmon spawns happening, the Dolly Varden fishing has slowed down a whole bunch. Try drifting flesh and egg patterns around log jams, sticks, and through deep holes in creeks around town. Often times the Dollies can be enticed out with a nice Twofer- flesh, Deep Six- flesh, L.E. Egg Sucking Leech- pearl/white as well as 10mm beads in peach, washed pink, and orange colors. Places like Montana Creek, Cowee Creek, Auke Creek and Salmon Creek are good places to continue the search for the Dolly Varden fishing... we do expect it to continue to taper off as we move into September.

Happy Fishing!

-Brad, Mike & Kayla





Fishing Report 8-21-14 PDF Print E-mail






River and creek water levels have dropped substantially since last week, and the Gastineau Channel is officially back to it's normal color.... That means they are without a doubt fishable again! With the recent large tides and rainfall, the Coho's have begun to move into their usual spots around town. The fishing has still been a hit and miss, but it is a great time to go see what you can find.

If you plan on taking a drive to Cowee Creek this weekend, try large flies like the Dolly Llama in black/white or pink/purple, Jig Spankers in pink, chartreuse or tutti frutti. Egg Sucking Leeches and Hareball Leeches can produce too. While your there, be sure to check out down by the meadow, just above tide water… Here, try Clouser Minnows in addition to Dolly Llamas and Jig Spankers. Good colors in tide water are chartreuse/white, chartreuse/yellow, pink/white, tutti frutti and pink/purple.

For Silvers, you can also try the Gastineau Channel on the last few hours of the outgoing tide and the first few of the incoming: Clousers and similar patterns are the bread and butter. Try throwing these flies with a 9-10’ leader or off of a slow sink tip. Good colors are the same here as Cowee; chartreuse/white, chartreuse/yellow, pink/white, tutti frutti and pink/purple. If you plan on fishing out in front of Salmon Creek, try the flood tide beginning about an hour into the incoming.

Still on a Dolly hunt? With the lack of Pink return this year, the creeks are pretty bare with the exception of the occasional Coho or Chum carcass, so the Dollies are hungry. In Cowee Creek and Montana Creek, the Dollies are dropping down into deeper holes and holding; Try flies like the Egg Sucking Leech, B.H. Bugger- White, Twofer, and occasionally some large fry patterns as well as some 8-10mm beads in Light Orange, Washed Orange, and Peachy colors.

Now is a great time to get out on the water and see what you can find...especially while the sun is shining!

Happy Fishing!

-Brad, Mike & Kayla


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