Weather, Flows, and Word of Mouth Reports …

Looking out Bob’s window to the ramp we have overcast skies, little sun breaks and moving systems leaving the ramp damp.

Word on ALL river’s from those coming through the Shop are saying that it’s GREAT fishing.  Tsiu, Akwe, Italio system, and Ocean fishing too.

Situk River is crystal clear and great level for floating or wading.

All are very happy. – Teen

Weather Report:

Detailed Forecast

This Afternoon
A 30 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
Rain likely, mainly after 10pm. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 45. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Rain. Patchy fog before 10am. High near 53. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Friday Night
Rain. Low around 47. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Rain. High near 53. East wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Saturday Night
Rain, mainly before 1am. Low around 45. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
A 30 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 57.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.
Tuesday Night
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.

Situk 9-Mile River Flow:
Discharge, cubic feet per second
Most recent instantaneous value: 368 09-14-2017   12:30 AKDT

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107 267 368 415 469 621 1170





Fishing is Great, Bob not so great ..

Hello fellow fishermen,

We know it’s been quiet on this end, and you are checking in for your updates on the river.  We’ll look to have a daily (I hope) that will cover weather, flows, and conditions for your upcoming trip.

Now for the latest update:
Bob was medivaced out on Wednesday at 1:00 a.m., internal bleeding.  He is currently in ICU and on the slow mend.  Last night his vitals weren’t looking good and they made the decision to scope his stomach at 10p instead of today.

Results:  stomach looked good/healthy.  What they did find:  where the Esophogus and the stomach meet a tear?, it’s called Dieulafoy’s lesion.  You are welcome to search that one out … unusual condition.

They are still monitoring his blood counts, and he’ll be on fluids for another 48 hours. He is 150% better today than last night!  They may have to go back in a scope again later today.

Tanis, Eden, and I are holding down the fort here and all is well.  We will continue to have the fueling open and the Fly Shop (10a-7p), but if there is a note on the door it’ll explain.

We appreciate your thoughts and prayers,  being the height of the fishing season, we’d appreciate you holding off calls.  We are here for your fishing needs in the shop.  I’ll do my best to give a little update daily until he takes back over the blogging.

The river report will be next …

Again, we thank you for your support more than ever.

Teen, Tanis, Eden, our kitty Rusty.. and BOB!!!


Some Good Reports Today

Getting some better reports from off the Situk today.  One frequent flier said this was the first day they were able to land fish after fish like “normal”.  They did have access to a jet-boat though.  Prior to today,  the fish were jumping all around them,  but so scattered that you couldn’t get many.  Today was different.  Water flow is still over 700 CFS,  but looking better.

Report from someone off the ocean…  They went out with a charter boat and hit their halibut limit by 10am.  Then were able to limit on silvers too.  They were in the shop around 3pm,  so it didn’t take them long to do all that and be back here again.

Report from some day fishermen on the Italio…  OK,  but not that great.  They had to work very hard to land 4 fish…  They worked down at the mouth and walked upstream as the tide pushed in.  So things are still pretty weak out there,  but at least it is fishable and not completely blown out (like some other rivers we know and love…).

Slow Around Here

What a slow day!  Not much traffic through the shop.  A relatively nice day out,  so I think most people were busy fishing instead of thinking about fishing in a fly shop.  Occasional showers,  but not so much to prevent the river from dropping.  Flow is down to 736 CFS tonight.  Getting better and better…

Without much business,  we cracked open the case of Gravenstein apples my mom sent us and I baked an apple pie.  It is late and I’m too tired to wait for it to cool.  It’ll make a great breakfast in the morning though,  while waiting for the ACE plane at 330am…



The Otter is Back!

We heard it flying last night and this morning at 9:43am,  the Otter landed on its successful return from the Tsiu.  The first (of many) flights now that it is all better.


YCA’s Otter returning this morning from its first commercial flight with the new engine


I’m sure they have some catching up to do over the next couple days,  but they are back in full operation and will be able to do some day trips and other “lower priority” flying now.

In other news,  this storm was a let-down.  The rains had stopped by 330am when I got up to work the mail plane.  Flow did pop up to 1010CFS,  but is already on the way down again.  So it only increased by about 50 CFS overnight.

Here we Go Again

Although our 10 inches of rain from Monday to Wednesday didn’t happen,  we did get between 4-5 inches in the first round,  had a gorgeous sunny day today and now we have a new front moving in to dump another inch or more overnight.  They are calling for the rains to subside by mid-morning,  but we’ll see what actually happens.  It just started raining a few minutes ago,  to match the driving blustery winds we have had for several hours.  Here is the front moving in about an hour ago:


We had 70+ degree temperatures all day today,  with a heavy muggy feeling.  The hangar bay dripped and sweated all day,  making everything drenched inside,  while it was gorgeous outside.  The tile in the bathrooms were sweating.  Tonight about 8pm,  the temp began dropping and we went outside to watch the front move in quickly.

The 9 Mile Gage stopped broadcasting at 830p tonight,  with a flow level still way up at 970 CFS,  down from over 1,200 this morning.  One sunny day doesn’t dry the ground out,  so tonight’s rain will definitely bring the rivers up high.  The (not good news,  but) better news is that it will dry out tomorrow and we’ll just have showers for the rest of the week.  If the forecasts are right and what are the odds…?


It was a weird,  uncomfortable and anxious feeling day today.  If this was the mid-west,  it would have seemed like tornadoes were on their way.  Well,  at least we don’t have to deal with that stuff up here…

In the meantime,  I was supposed to send my mom some fish last month for her to take to my grandmother. They were planning to have salmon for lunch and I…  forgot.  OOPS!  So in honor of them and their missed lunch,  I made myself a fresh roasted sockeye fillet sandwich with my pesto sauce on it.  Yum!


This is what they missed…  Extra sharp white cheddar and avocado slices topped it off.

And a little over a week ago,  we came back from Juneau in the 206,  with a DC-3 parked on the ramp.  Tanis kept asking me if he could take ours out of the hangar over and over and I told him NO.  What did he do???  OK,  just Trans Northern with a passenger flight.  He got to fuel it though and pull our DC-3 tow bar out and put it to use.  Here it is leaving the next morning:


Trans Northern parked on the ramp with their similar color scheme to our N91314


Waiting to taxi out,  with the Alaska Jet coming off at Alpha


Ours is safe and sound in her bed


Well,  need to be up at 330am as usual,  so that’s all for tonight.  Stay warm and dry tonight.

Doom and Gloom?

Ya…  not so much.  Weather Service is saying we have had up to 1.5 inches of rain overnight,  but the Situk’s flow is only at 802 CFS as of 12:30pm.  Rains will continue through today,  but taper off and become showers Tuesday morning.  Tuesday night they become heavy again and taper again Wed AM.  Calling for storm total of 5-7 inches now,  half of what they were expecting…

So it isn’t looking quite as bad as it was.  Yes,  this is still a lot of rain and it sure looks miserable outside my window right now (I like to whine about being stuck in the fly shop instead of out fishing,  but that doesn’t look like a bad thing right now…).