Yes I’m alive and no, the website is not down… I just haven’t made a post in nearly a month. Teen, Tanis and I have all been battling the horrible lung infection/cold that has been tormenting Yakutat since last fall. Finally feeling better now.
Few if any fishermen through the shop over the past couple weeks (good, so I didn’t spread my disease to anyone). A couple of our frequent fliers for steelhead just left. I think they had 4 trips this season??? We’re well into June, so I suspect they are our final steelheaders. They said not many fish in the upper half of the float, but they camped in a couple spots down closer toward the weir and had a 50 fish day yesterday. Mostly chromers that have continued to trickle in, even though we’re seeing thousands going out.
Yes, ADF&G did eventually get the weir in… Due to the high water flows, they missed about 2 weeks of out-migrating kelts this year. No idea how many fish they missed and no real way to estimate. A LOT could have left during the flooding. The count as of right now is 2,846 kelts. And they don’t show a single sockeye going through upstream yet, even though a couple have been caught up above already. Looking like the sockeye runs may be a week or two behind normal right now. Over on the Alsek River, subsistence nets have not been catching any sockeye and by now they should.
I have lots more to say, but my noggin isn’t firing on all cylinders yet and I’m going to end this here before I embarrass myself…
And by the way… with business as dead as it is right now, the fly shop will be closed Sunday and Monday for the next couple weeks. We’ll be back to daily ops when people start showing up again.