Category Archives: Yakutat

No Rain…

Looks like Weather Service has given up hope for rain and taken it completely out of the forecast for the next week.  But…

The Akwe has been an exceptional fly out.  Middle Italio is really good right at the mouth,  since the fish can’t get upstream and are just stuck there.  East is also good.  Non  Name River has the worst bugs anyone has ever seen and the fishing is not that great.  Yana is good,  along with Tsiu.  Lost and Tawah have slowed down.  Situk is OK – a lot of fish,  but they aren’t all that enthusiastic for biting.  Depending on the time of day though…  Slow mid-day in the bright sun,  but much better early and late.

And if you have e-mailed me lately,  my server is acting up.  Call me if you have any questions right now,  since I can’t reply via e-mail.  Yes Gordon,  I did get the box in the mail and am holding it for you…

Sunny Skies Continue

There are a lot of fish in the rivers – at least the ones that are still flowing – but with the Situk down to 161 CFS today,  the fish are just not actively biting.  Most people can still land their limits without too much trouble,  but they do have to work for it.  But…  here is the forecast starting Sunday:


Well,  that looks promising.  Once the rain starts,  with all the fish backed up out there in the ocean,  it’ll be on fire!


Glorious Sunny Skies Continue… Unfortunately

We had only 4 non-rain days in all of August.  We have now had 7 straight sunny days in September,  with no end in sight.  The forecast just says “partly cloudy” every day through as far out as it goes.  Of course it is Yakutat,  a rainforest and September is our wettest month,  so things could change on a dime.  But for now…

Flow is down to 220 right now.  That’d be a wonderful flow in steelhead or sockeye season,  but silvers need more water!  Glaring bright sun is discouraging the fish from coming over the bar through the crystal clear water and bright sun.  And normally the commercial nets don’t catch half the fish coming in,  but with this calm weather,  they seem to be a bit more productive than usual,  so the flow of fresh fish through the last several days really shut down on the Situk.

Some people are certainly struggling in these conditions,  while others are not.  One group yesterday said this is their best trip so far because it is a little more challenging and they have to go hunt for the fish instead of the lazy every-cast conditions they have been used to.  Now that’s a cup-half-full kind of worldview!


How about some coho pictures from the past…

So Situk has been slow this week,  but the nets came out yesterday and even with the continuing glare,  should change the fishing for the better.  Lost and Tawah are doing well with less clear water (especially early am and late pm) and only a couple nets able to get below the mouth of the Lost.  Mediocre reports from the Italio.  Just haven’t had the fish stack up yet.  And as good as the lower Middle Italio looked from the air with the big sweeps,  there isn’t much for holding water down there.  Just a couple slots.

And Tsiu is still on fire.  No complaints from there,  except for the one group of day fishermen that flew all the way out,  only to be unable to land due to fog…  That’s a LONG trip just to turn around.  At least the Italio and Akwe are only a 15-20 minute flight.

A Glance Back at Steelhead Season

The July issue of the Alaska Sporting Journal had an article on the Situk.  Written by our friend Tony Ensalaco and features a photo of Tanis holding a nice-big-trophy…  beaver.  Also a nice picture of Ryan,  from the Glacier Bear,  holding a big steelie.  The magazine was a month late coming to newsstands,  so it is probably still on the shelf now.

If it is gone from the shelves and you missed it…  Here is a PDF of the article:

Alaska Sporting Journal 7-18 pg54

And some left-over steelhead pictures of Chris and Adam…

Rough Day Around Here

Started off busy with plane after plane needing fuel.  Two float planes down at the harbor that we needed to pick the pilots up,  drive them to the airport,  fill their jugs,  then take them back.  Unfortunately the second plane flipped over on take-off and is now upside-down in the bay.  No one was hurt,  but what a terrible day.  Gorgeous sun.  That’s Yakutat’s 3rd crash this year.

And with all this bright sun,  I imagine the fishing is a little slow.  Water is now dropping to the point of thinking we need some rain already!  No fresh reports today,  since the fly shop is closed this year on Sundays,  but someone a couple days ago on his way out said it was the best trip is group has had in 4 years.  Considering what last year’s run was like,  that’s a pretty awesome report.

Our Wet August

Our wet August is coming to a close and the silver run is doing OK.  Situk has a lot of fresh fish coming in daily,  but the last two days,  they seemed to have lock-jaw.  Frustrating to have a LOT of fish in front of you and they won’t bite anything…

Tsiu is going strong.  Had a call from one of the lodges,  asking me to send out 10 dozen chartreuse/white Dolly Llamas.  Usually the black and whites are the popular fly,  but this year chartreuse seems to be the bigger ticket.  At least at the moment…  On the Situk,  I was told the pinks were hitting the chartreuse/white and the silvers were hitting the pink/white.  That seems backwards…

Had two fly-out groups return from the Italio with opposite experiences.  One group did spectacularly well and had a great time.  The second group never had a single bite…  Ouch!  There are pockets of fish out there and if you are on the pocket – great fishing.  If not – skunked.  They just haven’t started to stack up yet.  A few more days and they will.

Situk flow is at 414 CFS right now.  300 is the average for this date,  so a little high,  but not flooded and certainly fishable/wadable.  Forecast is calling for rain tonight through Saturday morning,  then clear skies for a few days.  Doesn’t look like enough rain to blow things out.  Although bright sun isn’t exactly ideal fishing weather (which could explain why the past two days were poor – bright sun),  looks to be a good week coming up with lots of fish,  some rain,  some sun.

The Run is Arriving NOW

The past two evenings,  really good fish have been coming in on the tide.  Looking like the silver run is really starting to kick off in a big way.  The river is still pretty high,  making it tougher especially for the fly guys.  The heavy spoons can get down regardless of how fast the water is flowing.  Dolly Llamas are the top fly.  Primarily the black and whites,  but also chartreuse/white,  chartreuse/blue and pink/white.

Not a lot else to report on at the moment…  A LOT of people came in off the jets the past two days,  so things are a bit crowded at the lower landing.  Someone came through yesterday saying he had the entire upper river to himself and didn’t see another person at all.  But mostly pinks up there…

Oh…  finally had a group off the Tsiu.  The word “exceptional” was used three times…  And had a report from someone who flew over the Italio…  He said there were pockets of silvers visible from the air.  Water was high and dark,  so if he was able to see some fish,  there were far more in the water he couldn’t see.

I think we can all relax now after our dismal sockeye and weak humpy run…