As the season progresses, the fishing just continues to heat up... The heavy batch of rain last week pushed a bunch of chum up into the creeks and into their spawning grounds. The chum are all over in the creeks around town dropping eggs like crazy now. You can target the chum, sure. But, the real fun fishery when it comes to chum spawning is the Dolly Varden fishery. The Dollies sit behind the spawning chum and gorge themselves on salmon eggs, which means fantastic bead and egg pattern fishing! Just about all the creeks around town have been hot, rember at Sheep Creek to bracket the low tide so that you actually have fish-able creek area. Try beads in the 8mm and 10mm variety in peachy colors such as peachy king, peach roe, and orange clear. If you are using Glo Bug's we suggest the Peachy King or Illiamma Pink. Drift these beads/flies in pockets and pools behind said spawners and you are almost guaranteed to pick up a few hungry trout. Last week, we posted a short video on bead and streamer fishing in tight places, if you haven't checked it out, do so here.
On the salmon front, it is officially an off pink year. We have switched our focus to trout fishing, and preparing for the Coho's to return. Last year, we saw a few of the first coho's caught off the road system in mid-August, so we are getting closer! Really, we never really know when the fishing gets good until one of you anglers gets out there and catches one(so get out there)! Early places to go on the search for a silver would be the channel around 5 mile, 9 mile, and Sheep Creek. If it were us, we'd try the Clouser Minnow in Chartreuse/White, or Pink/White or the Dolly Llama for those early silvers.
Should we do another hat contest for the first coho fly caught in Juneau? Let's do it! Send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.