On the Mend

It is once again stormy and nasty up here,  after a two-day sun break,  which followed a week of back-to-back storms.  This latest round is supposed to be intense,  but die off quickly tomorrow.  The rain started at 2am and the wind hit around 5am.  Not a fun day to be outside.

Flows on the 4th topped 1,600 CFS,  dropped to 1,100,  back up to over 1,300 and then yesterday bottomed out around 800.  So the Situk is basically unfishable right now.  The commercial season ended on Thursday,  with the big “fishermen’s party” at the Glass Door Friday night.  Our salmon season is coming to an end for 2017.

Still some fresh silvers coming into the Situk system,  but with the water the way it is,  you’d be hard pressed to make contact with one of them.  Tawah is where most of the late season sport fishermen are concentrating,  while the outlying fly-outs like the Italio are still going strong.  Chris comes back from his season on the Akwe tomorrow, so I’ll get his impression of what that run looked like and whether it is still going on.  I bet the Akwe is raging though,  regardless of how many fish may be in there!

And I’m doing much better with a little more energy each day.  It has nearly been a month,  so I’m beyond frustrated with not being able to do much.  So many things I need to get done,  but so little resources to make it through the day without a nap,  or some “quality time” sitting on my butt.

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A juvenile eagle in his nest,  where he should be…

 

But I’m not the only one on the mend right now…  This happened over a week ago,  but thought I’d share…  A juvenile bald eagle was found with his leg caught in an old abandoned trap out in Russell Fiord.  “Frustrating” that we have a trapper,  who doesn’t retrieve his traps at the end of the season,  or at least trip them…  So the eagle was found with a broken leg and the folks at the Forest Service went in and pulled him out.

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An eagle in a dog crate,  where he shouldn’t be…

 

He was shipped off to Anchorage on ACE Air Cargo,  along with about 5,000lbs of fresh coho salmon…  Probably not the nicest cargo for a hungry and injured eagle to have to smell for the whole flight,  but that was the first available flight out.  Hopefully he is healing and can be released at some point.

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This is a time of year when we have to be careful driving around the airport and out toward Cannon Beach.  With all the salmon spawning in the man-made drainage ditches around the airport,  you have dozens of eagles sitting on the shoulder and/or in the middle of the road where they drag fish out of the water and onto dry land to feast.  Tawah’s January/February silver run can be a tremendous attraction for the eagles with little to no food for them to get through the dark and snowy winter.  You’ll see horrific scenes of blood all over the snow till you realize it wasn’t a dog getting hit by a car,  but a big salmon smashed and splattered all over the place.

Ahhh…  life in Yakutat.

Loading the cargo into the ACE Beech 1900…  Fish first,  then putting the bird in behind the net.  I didn’t hear what happened to him after he departed YAK,  but hopefully he will survive the ordeal.  Thank you to the Swansons for helping this guy out and helping load him.  Not that he weighed much…  They are amazingly light.  I still wasn’t being allowed to lift anything by orders of my wife.  I hate just standing around watching other people work.

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The Phones Work!

It is a stormy day today and virtually no one is out fishing.  I heard one flight this morning as a fly-out to the Italio,  but that was it (although I may have slept through the rest).  Blowing about 40 knots against the side of the hangar,  but no leaks yet…  Make that a small one,  with the driving rain slamming into the wall and up inside the siding.  Maybe I should have looked before I started typing…

This storm is supposed to blow out by 10pm.  Flow is already up to 1,200 CFS,  when it was just 300 this morning when we opened.  Like I said,  supposed to blow out tonight and change to just showers for a couple days,  a couple days of sun and then some more showers.  So this’ll drop quickly once it actually stops raining.

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And we have received two phone calls in the past few minutes.  So they fixed the phone lines now at the airport.  No more threat that Alaska Airlines will cancel their flights again…  At least not for that reason.

Hello All and Thanks!

Teen is downstairs in the shop with customers,  so I commandeered my own computer to say hello and thank everyone for your encouragement and support and for your patience with Teen as she covered for my half dozen businesses.  I overdid it earlier this morning and had to lay down for a couple hours.  Coming back slowly,  but still have an uphill climb.

I’ll post something separate about my little adventure to the Juneau Health Spa later,  but in the meantime,  I figured I’d take over the fishing report for today…

Mostly cloudy today,  with heavy rain expected tomorrow.  Flows are very low for this time of year and the fish are many.  This is looking like one of the best fishing runs in my lifetime…  And of course I’m in bed for most of it!  Every river is going gangbusters.  I had said weeks ago that the run was looking like it was running a week or so late.  Late AND huge,  as it turned out.  Tsiu is usually close to being done by now,  but they have huge fresh fish with few of any blushing up yet.  That is the first run to come in in the borough,  with the rivers on the southeast side of Yakutat running later.

The Italio,  Akwe and East tend to be a week or two later than the Situk,  which is supposed to be slowing down now and pretty much over by the end of September.  There is no sign of anything slowing down any time soon.  I’d expect our run this year to be good throughout the end of October and on the latest streams – into November.  There are so many fish that none of the fly fishermen are whining about the commercial nets…  At all.  And fly fishermen do like to whine…

Here are the current flow condition:

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A little bit of rain early this morning,  but 306 CFS for this time of year is not unheard-of,  but unusual.  “Normal” is 557.  So all these additional fish are just crammed into moderately low water,  making the fishing extremely easy.  Best flies are the black and white Dolly Llamas,  but also anything with pink,  or chartreuse.

And the fish are really huge this year.  I have exceeded 25lbs on the Akwe while commercial fishing,  so this year with the fish running larger than normal,  if anyone wants to challenge the state record for silvers,  I bet the New Italio and Akwe have at least a few fish that can top it.

And…  I think I’m going to go lay down again…  Phone lines for the airport are still down and Alaska Airlines has cancelled their flights for today and yesterday because of it.  The phone company is supposed to send someone to Yakutat tomorrow to fix the issue,  but unless they land a jet here,  I’m not sure how we’ll get the repair tech in…  Most of the people who have been stuck these extra couple days are thrilled to have the excuse to fish the extra time…  REALLY thrilled.

Resting Comfortably ..

View through Bob’s office window:
We have sun pushing through the clouds and lingering fog, warming too.  Bob is resting on the couch and I’ve put some strict restrictions on him when it comes to visiting, working the Shop, and doing Hangar tours.  We have so much to do to finish up the season and rotate to hangar storage so it’s important that he is restricted right now and recouping.  I’ve told him he can have the keys back October 1st!!!  How’s that for a loving caring wife (smile!).  He’s stubborn, you know (smile!).

Phone lines:
Woke this morning to loud static in all our lines.  So have placed a call into ACS for service.  Being a bush community we are on rotation, so we don’t have a time frame for a fix.  If you need something that can’t wait until you arrive, please email info@situk.com.  Thanks!

River Report:
All rivers in town and those for fly-outs are all fishing very well.  Fish are large, so again slack off on that drag and let them swim and tire a while.  Reminder, we are seeing a lot of broken rods.

Situk River Gauge flow says:  286

Detailed Forecast

This Afternoon
Scattered showers, mainly after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 56. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tonight
Scattered showers before 10pm, then rain after 10pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 48. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Sunday
Showers. High near 55. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Sunday Night
Showers likely, mainly before 7pm. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 48. South wind around 5 mph becoming east after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Monday
Cloudy, with a high near 53. Calm wind.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Tuesday
Showers likely, mainly before 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 53. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tuesday Night
A chance of showers before 10pm, then rain likely after 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 47.
Wednesday
Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 54.
Wednesday Night
Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 45.
Thursday
Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.
Thursday Night
Showers. Cloudy, with a low around 45.
Friday
Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 53.

Have a great day – Teen

Home Sweet Home …

Bob arrived home today on the morning jet.  We are thankful to say the least.  It is obvious that much restoration is needed.  Bob’s adventurous goal this next week is cleaning his office and a nightly stroll around the tarmac.

Now for your fishing update:

Italio River (New, Middle, and Old):   large Coho and lotsa, bright, not many turning.
Akwe River:  large Coho and lotsa.  Bright fish.
Tsiu River:  Still fishing coming in, large Coho, lotsa.  Still bright fish, not many turning.

Fly-outs with Yakutat Coastal book up quickly so be sure to check in with them if you are looking to hit the outer rivers.  They will advise you what rivers they are flying too.  Tanya will give you the scoop (907) 784-3831.

Situk, Tawah, and Lost River’s are fishing well.  Everyone seems to be catching their limits.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:
The fish are large this year, we are seeing plenty of broken rods.  It’s a good idea to dial back on the drag and allow the fish to run.  Save your sanity and your rod, relax on the drag.

The run so far:  it’s a good one and larger fish than normal.

Weather:
It’s Fall, we are full of fog and drizzle.  Looking out the window the tarmac is full of puddles, and you can barely see the end of 11-29 runway.

Detailed Forecast

This Afternoon
Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Tonight
Scattered showers, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Saturday
Isolated showers before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night
Rain, mainly after 10pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 48. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Sunday
Rain before 10am, then showers, mainly after 10am. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 54. East wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Sunday Night
Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 49. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Monday
Partly sunny, with a high near 53.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Tuesday
A chance of rain after 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
Tuesday Night
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Wednesday
Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 54.
Wednesday Night
Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 45.
Thursday
Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 54.

Situk Gauge:
Discharge, cubic feet per second
Most recent instantaneous value: 298
09-22-2017   13:30 AKDT

Graph of  Discharge, cubic feet per second

 

Well, that’s it for now.   It’s time to head back to the Shop.  Oh, hot flies:  Dolly Llama’s:  Black/White, White/Chartruse, Black/Red, and yes, everything else in the draw, or what you are throwing at them.

Have a great day – Teen

 

 

Monday, September 18, 2017

We enjoyed lovely sunny weather today, weather systems are moving through, it really felt like fall outside trying to give us just a little more summer.  Driving down the road today you could see the brown leaves that blew off from the storm two days ago.  Yep, Fall is in the air.  We are still waiting for the cold snap bringing in the morning frost.  We’ll keep you posted on that.

We had a busy day in the Shop and on the airfield.  Fishing reports continue to be good.  The hot fly continues to be the Black and White Dolly Llama.

Gauge:
Discharge, cubic feet per second
Most recent instantaneous value: 406 09-18-2017   20:30 AKDT

Graph of  Discharge, cubic feet per second

 

Detailed Forecast

Tonight
Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 42. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Tuesday
Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 57. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the morning.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 41. North wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday Night
A 30 percent chance of rain after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming south after midnight.
Thursday
Rain likely, mainly after 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 53. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Thursday Night
Rain. Low around 46. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Friday
Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 54.
Friday Night
Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 46.
Saturday
Scattered showers. Cloudy, with a high near 52.
Saturday Night
Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Sunday
Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.
Sunday Night
Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.
Monday
Scattered showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 52.

It looks to be a favorable week for your fishing weather.  We are seeing the cranes moving south, another reminder that fall is here.  – Teen

 

One Day Closer to Home ..

Best of news .. Bob was released from the hospital, yesterday, at 9 a.m.  He still has a few more days in town before he can come home.  We hope by the weekend, Bob will be home sweet home!!!

Thank you again for all your thoughts and prayers, how much we all appreciate them. – Teen