If you haven't already, it's time for you to get out fishing.
The King fishing is officially under-way. The Kings are returning to their final destination fisheries such as Fish Creek, Salmon Creek, and Auke Creek. They have been milling around in the salt off the beaches around these areas regularly for the last week. If you feel like targeting these salmon, Auke Creek fishes best at a high or dropping tide, Salmon Creek at a dropping or flooding tide, and Fish Creek at a flood tide. You can use flies like the Rock-star, Stinger Prawn, Squidro, or Mr. Bodangles in a chartreuse, pink, or orange color scheme.
The Sockeye fishing at Windfall creek has been hit and miss. With all of the recent rain fall, the creek is running a bit higher than the Sockeye seem to like. The Sockeye are around, they are just moving into the creek in waves. If you are planning on making the trek this Saturday or coming Wednesday, try flies like the Red Hot, Sockeye Lightning, Sockeye Lantern, and Mercer's Sockeye Fly.
The time of year has come when the Dolly Varden begin to vaporize from salt and re-appear in freshwater. They can still be targeted in saltwater estuaries such as Sheep Creek, Salmon Creek and Auke Creek, but you can also begin to target these fish in freshwater creeks such as Cowee Creek. If you wish to target these Dolly Varden in saltwater, try fry pattern flies, such as the Stinger Clouser and the Clone. If you want to venture into freshwater try flies like the Humpy Hooker, Pink/White Clouser Minnows, UV Calamari, and the Karluk Shrimp.
Finally, the Pink and Chum Salmon are beginning to return to town as well. The Chum Salmon can be found milling around the Amalga Harbor and Sheep Creek area. The Chum can be targeted with the Egg Sucking Leech, Hot Shot Comet and Sid Fishes in dark colors. On the other hand, the Pink Salmon should be beginning to arrive at Echo Cove, and can be caught with the Humpy Hooker, UV Calamari and the Searunner Special.
So many choices, and so much time! Rain or shine, now is the time!
-Brad, Mike, Kayla & Chas