Two reports today off the Italio… First off, an absolutely dismal report from the group who spent the past week at the cabin out there…
They were able to limit for their week at the Akwe/New Italio Confluence. The fish were laying upstream along where the Back River comes in. They saw NOTHING in the New Italio. They did see about 15 fish streak past them on the Middle Italio, but then they were gone and they didn’t see any more. They flew back to town yesterday and went home today. But apparently one day makes this report obsolete…
Had a group of day fishermen fly out today and they reported lots of fish in the Middle Italio! What a difference a single day can make! I would guess the fish are mostly in the lower river, with not a lot stacked up in the Spruce and Alder Holes. They said the water was very low. These sunny days have been very warm and dry, so the Middle and Old shriveled up.
Had another Tsiu report of exceptional fishing. Several reports (lots of reports from the rather crowded stream we have right now…) off the Situk that said good fish are moving in at the lower end, even with the commercial nets in the estuary. Most said it was a little tougher in the bright sun, but still limiting out today. Flow is down below 340 CFS now.
I had been sending several groups through the higher water out to the Log Dump. All of them reported having a great time, but they only caught pinks… There are silvers mixed in and there are some techniques for weeding out the pinks and hooking the silvers… There are so many fish out there that it is definitely worth the experience just to see them all jumping and swirling around the cove. Over the next week or two, the ratio of silvers to humpies will increase till it is mostly silvers and few pinks.
Love fly fishing the saltwater for silvers! One of my favorite fishing experiences is wading out into the surf at the Middle Italio mouth and stalking the schools and pockets of fresh fish as they await the tide to bring in enough water to clear the bar. It is the open ocean, so you have to work at it, but it is a wild ride when you hook into one!
Here is an old video from my guiding days:
And here are my photos from flying over the still-flooded rivers on my way to Sitka last Friday… Not much in the way of fish, but the Akwe especially was still dark and hard to see into: