Reports from the last couple days are of fresh pods of coho steadily pushing into the channel.  The larger tide swings happening over the next few days will likely encourage more coho to keep coming. With a good weather forecast this weekend and early into next week, things are looking promising for some good fishing.  With these big tides we should start to see cohos moving across the bar and more onto the 5 mile side of the channel.  As of right now most of the reports we have gotten are saying between Fish Creek and 9 mile are the current “hot spots”. 

We promise they are around, photo graphic proof! Thanks to Kevin Miller for the photo.

 Bracketing the low tide will provide the best success. Since the tide is moving so fast right now just remember to be aware of your wading once it starts to come back in.  Dolly Llamas, Mega Clousers, and Starlite Leeches are all great patterns for cohos.  White/Chartreuse, Pink/Chartreuse, Black/Chartreuse, Black/White, Pink/Purple, and Pink/White are the colors you should be fishing the most.  That being said, once the fish have seen a lot of pressure, think outside the box. Shades of red are one of my go to colors for tight lipped coho. 

Sheep Creek and Thane have continued to be very slow. 

For those of you who have not heard the news yet, Peterson Creek is now closed to coho fishing for the remainder of the year.  Trout and Dolly fishing in Peterson Creek and the Salt Chuck remains open.

Dollies schooled up getting ready for the spawn.

The freshwater reports around town say that the trout/char fishing is still very good.  Beads will continue to fish well behind the few salmon left.  Try Mottled Glo Roe, Mottled Tangerine, or even some dead egg varieties if there are no salmon present.  During this time of year, it is also a good idea to have various small streamers and leeches, as the fish are going into their “last chance at food” mode.  Al Green, Tungsten Beadhead Thin Mints, AK Clousers, and UV Mini Leeches are all excellent fall producers on the road system.

Good luck out there this week and we hope everyone finds a little bit of success!

Cory, Brad, Mike, and the rest of the crew at AFFG

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