We must have used up all the sun early in the season, because it has been wet! A little rain is never a bad thing; however, muddy creeks are difficult to fish! The nice thing about this time of year is there are fish all over the place, and even on the most heinous of days, you can find somewhere to catch them.
The pinks have been a little slow to come in this year, but reports from the trollers indicate they are still coming in. The chums are thick in the creeks around town and Dolly’s would much rather eat chum eggs than pink eggs. When the water is high use a 10mm or even a 12mm bead for visibility. Once the water drops back down to normal levels switch back to the 8m size in order to better “match the hatch”. If you see eggs on the banks or in the water, give them a look and try to use a bead color that closely resembles them. Dead eggs can work well, but as a rule of thumb, Dolly’s would rather key in on fresher eggs. If there is a mix, start with a fresh bead and work your way towards a dead bead color for the best success.
As we move into August coho season is just around the corner! Once again, this year we will be doing a contest for the first coho caught on the road system. We need proof though! In order to claim either first or second prize we need photographic evidence. First prize this year is a Simms Dry Creek 100L duffle bag and second place is a Simms Headwaters insulated mug. Historically the first coho is caught between July 30th and August 10th, the time is now!
Email photos to me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember that it needs to be caught
Don’t let the high flows keep you off the water! While it does make the fishing a little more difficult, it also helps bring in more fish. Get that gore-tex out and get after it!
Cory, Brad, Mike, and the rest of the crew at AFFG
*We love using our customers' photos in our future fishing reports, but we really want to encourage ethical treatment of fish. When practicing catch and release do your best to handle the fish minimally and get pictures with the fish in the water! With live fish, please avoid placing your fingers in gills, setting fish on dry ground, or holding them way above water with your dry hands. Remember this resource is only sustainable if we all help do our part. Submit your photos to email@example.com or tag us on Instagram (@alaskaflyfishinggoods)