The rain finally came! Brought the water flow up to 700 CFS at the peak. Now the sun is back out and flows are dropping quickly. Passing through 477 CFS right now and we’ll be down to 300 tomorrow (which I think is perfect). The past week continued to be horrifically crowded up at 9 Mile, but that was where the best fishing was.
All the lake fish are dropping out, along with the resident rainbows. Also seeing the dollies arriving at the mouth. This will be the big turn-on for the larger flies and streamers, which have been spotty at best so far.
Water temp got really cold over the past week dropping back down to 36 degrees in the mornings and only getting to 38 in the day. Not a lot of spawning activity going on et, although one report was of a couple chrome-bright hens who had already dropped their eggs and were heading out already.
The lower half of the river is pretty slow with the fresh spring fish coming in on each tide pushing about 2 miles upstream before slowing down. The better fishing will be on the upper half of the float, or bridge and higher.
Conditions over the next few days are looking really good, with flow up, a little sunnier than we’d like for steelhead today, but changing to rain and/or snow showers through the rest of the weekend and into next week.
Not nearly as crowded this weekend as the past two. I think the guys in Anchorage were just watching for the first good rain and all flooded us over the past week. That may be out of their system now though. A lot more campers down the river than I think we have seen before too. That has frustrated the driftboats, with a campsite on many of the best holes and therefore fishermen staking out claim to a lot of water. Again, that seems to be lightening now as well.