THE SILVERS ARE IN!
It might seem a little earlier than usual, but good numbers of silvers are in the rivers and along beaches in the channel. If I had to guess, I would say this is going to be a good silver year and here is why: The Golden North Salmon Derby had substantially more silvers turned in than the 5 year average, silvers are still being caught on the Outer Coast, and they are in freshwater early. This seems to point to a really robust run this year which we are all in favor of.
This past weekend saw solid fishing for silvers in Cowee Creek and the mouth of Montana Creek. Jig Spankers in Pink, Chartreuse, and Purple/Pink along with Dolly Llamas in Pink/White, Black/White, and Pink/Purple all were producers. Silvers love to hang in the log jams and deep pools so a fly that gets down quickly and has a lot of action is your best bet.
In Gastineau Channel schools of silvers are moving around and taking Clouser Minnows in Chartreuse/White, Pink/White and Tutti Fruiti. These fish are still on the move big time so the fishing can go from dead to on fire in no time. Keep at it and look for rollers and jumpers to get you in the right place.
Finally, the Dolly fishing is still amazing in the rivers. Most of the chums got blown out of the creeks with the last high water but there are still a lot of pinks spawning, especially in Cowee. Look for the schools of pinks and fish a dead egg-style of bead in 6mm or 8mm for best results. Washed Pink and Apricot Swirl were especially deadly.
See you out there! Brad