Summer seems to finally have arrived and the fishing possibilities are exploding.
The Dolly fishing has been off the hook of late. DIPAC has been busily releasing chum fry and are just about to kick loose their king and coho smolts. The Dollies have been on the prowl from Dupont & Sheep Creek all the way through the channel to Fish Creek. Auke Bay, Amalga Harbor, most of Cowee Creek downstream from the bridge and Echo Cove. Larger smolt patterns have been the ticket. Neil Creek Darts in Olive/White, Gray/White and All White are particularly effective.
The beaches will continue to have most of the Dolly action for the next few weeks until the Dollies start to relocate to freshwater in anticipation of the salmon returns. As of June 1st, Eagle Beach is now open to Dolly fishing. A walk out to the Boy Scout Camp can be well worth the effort. Check out the western most sandy tip of the beach where a nice tide rip occurs.
Any time now we will see the first king salmon returning to the Fish Creek area. June 10 is often the start of the run with June 20 - 30 having the peak numbers of bright fish. Stay tuned for more info on this.
The Windfall Creek sockeye fishery is open again. Wednesdays and Saturdays for the month of June. No fishing at all on the other 5 days. Sockeye Lanterns, Sockeye Lightnings and Red Hots have consistently been the top flies at Windfall. A great sleeper fly last year was the Silver Copper Swan.
Get out there and enjoy the weather and the return of fishing! Brad