Special Weather Statement
Special Weather Statement National Weather Service Juneau AK630 AM AKDT Thu May 3 2018 AKZ017-040000-Cape Fairweather to Cape Suckling Coastal Area-Including the city of Yakutat630 AM AKDT Thu May 3 2018 …HEAVY RAIN EXPECTED OVER THE NORTHEAST GULF COAST… A very wet weather front will bring long lasting periods of heavy rain to the Northeast Gulf Coast beginning Thursday night and persisting through Saturday. This front will bring unseasonably high amounts of moisture northward from the subtropical North Pacific into the northeast Gulf. Between Thursday night and Friday night, as much as 5 inches of rain is possible over the area with more heavy rainfall expected on Saturday. Impacts will include rises on rivers and streams as well as significantly reduced visibilities and low cloud ceilings during heavy rainfall.
Fishing has been really great lately even with the big crowds. Nothing is a real stand-out fly, but everything seems to be doing OK. The easy fish have been flogged to death and are done with the Dolly Llamas, but if you locate a pod of fish in water that should hold fish, but you can’t see them… Those are the fish that are on fire. Avoid the big visible groups. They have been harassed to death and are not interested anymore…
Still seeing fresh steelhead coming in on every tide, but we are definitely on the backside of the spring run. Some spawning activity happening especially in the upper river, but still not a lot. Most of the fish are still ripening up and not on redds yet. A lot of fish in the river right now.
It has been extremely crowded up at 9 Mile and many camps down the river. We are starting to see lighter fishing pressure though. Many people moved up into April following the early runs we had been seeing, so looking like May will still be good on the river, but with a lot fewer fishermen.
If this storm dumps as much rain on us as they are forecasting, it’ll definitely blow the river out through the weekend, but supposed to dry up Saturday night and stay dry through next week. Been drizzling all day today, but the flow is just holding steady at 309 CFS.