|SE Report 8-20-09|
Now that the mid August monsoon has passed, we are all anxious to find some fishable water and more to the point some fat chromers. The high water was just the ticket to flush out a bunch of the half-dead chums and pinks and make way for the first of the silvers. There have been scattered reports of silvers showing up so now is the time to go look for the big bruisers.
There are several places to go out and prospect. The confluence of Montana Creek and the Mendenhall River consistently yields early fish. It is a natural resting spot for silvers as they make their way upstream. Dolly Llamas in Pink/White , Tuiti Fruiti , and Black/White are murder on these early fish. Don't forget Hareball Leeches in Chartreuse , Aleutian Queen and all Pink as well. This spot usually demands a sink tip fly line or a bunch of split shot to get the fly down where the silvers lurk. Alternate between a dead drift and stripping the fly back in. Lower Cowee Creek is another good early silver spot. The same flies fished deep and retrieved quickly work well. Look for the "soft water" where silvers can rest out of the main current.
A few silvers have also shown up in the ladder and in front of DIPAC Hatchery. Fishing in the neighborhood of the hatchery around the low tide is most productive. These fish usually come around North Douglas on their way up the channel. Stretches of beach from Bayview Subdivision all the way to DIPAC produce as they move through. Once again, bracketing the low tide is best since it tends to concentrate the fish. A floating line, nine-foot 12 pound leader, and a Chartreuse Clouser Minnow or a Tuiti Fruiti Clouser Minnow is the setup to have.
Good luck and I will see you on the water. Brad