Monthly Archives: February 2019

Winters in Yakutat

Pretty slow around here and hard to get motivated to do much (including blog).  But tonight is a very full moon rising over the end of runway 20.  And through all my heavy insulation in the hangar office,  you can hear the wolves howling.  They have been doing it for about a half hour now.  Life in Yakutat year ’round can be hard,  but moments like this put it all in perspective and remind me why I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

And on that note…  Chris came back from Colorado about a week ago and immediately went fishing.  Well,  he went hiking anyway…  Hiked about 3/4th of the way up to the closure boundary and did not see a single fish.  Bummer for him,  but good news for the steelheaders coming later in April and May.  There are a handful of fish scattered around (I heard two of the 5 in the bridge hole were landed,  but those fish have vaporized),  but the run is not even close to starting to show.  Nothing like two years ago,  where February was pretty darned good and the run was basically over by mid-April…

Having some sleet and slush falling,  but not accumulating much.  Still a near zero snowpack,  which will make the river temp rise very quickly once we do see the warmth of April.  That is unless we get a big dumping,  which often happens in March.  Last year,  we had more fish in the river in Feb than we do now,  but 3 feet of late snow in March stalled the run and it ended up being relatively close to on-time.

Chris said the river looked perfect for fishing.  Good flow,  decent temperature.  Just no fish to be had.

And message to Doug Pautz and Wesley Reynolds…  Check your spam folders…  I answered your messages,  but I don’t think you got the reply…

City of Yakutat Job Opening – Cop!

The City and Borough of Yakutat just posted a job listing for a full-time police officer.  Here is the posting,  followed by links for downloading the application,  etc.

2019 Police Officer Notice_Page_12019 Police Officer Notice_Page_2

2019 Police Officer Notice in PDF

CBY Application in PDF

F-3 Form in PDF

Prelim Spring Steelhead Update

Yes,  we’re still alive.  That 3-week flu in November really set me back,  followed by holidays and Tanis coming home from school and then taxes…  But all that is behind us and now we’re just waiting for some warmth.

Warning right off the bat…  we have literally ZERO snow.  None.  The little we did have all rained off this past week.  Flows hit around 500 and water temp hit 37.  Should have some steelhead in the river under those conditions,  but no one has been out to check.  Chris comes back in a week,  so he’ll get me a real report.  Who knows,  maybe I’ll actually go fishing for the first time in over a year…

With no snow,  I’d expect this to be another early run.  Short of some major snow event(s),  we won’t have much to keep the spring rains cooler and hold off the spawning.  Looking a lot like two years ago when we peaked around the 1st of April and by May,  the run was done.  Been VERY cold for a couple weeks (with all my water pipes frozen solid at the hangar),  and with no snow insulation,  the lakes are pretty solid.  So expect spring fish to be early and winter fish to be late getting out of the lake.

But there is snow throughout the coming week’s forecast.  Is that enough?  Doesn’t look like it.  Coming in inches,  not feet.  No major winter storm warnings in the foreseeable future.

OK,  back to cleaning my office,  putting spring fly shop orders together and thawing the pipes (again).  This morning, we have half the water running,  but not to the bathroom with the shower,  or the laundry.