The sockeye run is starting off very slow with only 15 fish counted through the weir. Chris went fishing last night and landed his first several sockeye (and frustratedly tried to shake that darned steelhead off his line). He said there was about a dozen fish below Rodeo, but they weren’t in a good position to drift to. Working their way downstream, just pockets if a couple here and there. Pretty depressing. Then they spotted a seam with about a dozen and actually landed 6 of them! After exhausting that group, they headed down toward the take-out and spotted another 30 fish in a group. They hooked several more of those (and impressed the only other fishing group with their ability to get sockeye to take flies…).
So I’m still holding to the idea that the run is a week or two late. Usually right around the 1st of June, there are enough sockeye for us to hook a few, with no competition. These small groups will shut down quickly with more pressure. Fine when you are alone, not-so-fine when you have to compete for the few small bunches of fish.
Chris showed me some pictures, but didn’t send them to me… He also asked if we had seen the moose cow and calf running around in the fly shop parking lot a couple nights ago… Nope. I guess they clomped around on the pavement for a while before heading off. He had a brief video of them, but probably too dark for me to post.
So another post with no pictures to make it interesting… But I had a genuine sockeye report…