Teen is downstairs in the shop with customers, so I commandeered my own computer to say hello and thank everyone for your encouragement and support and for your patience with Teen as she covered for my half dozen businesses. I overdid it earlier this morning and had to lay down for a couple hours. Coming back slowly, but still have an uphill climb.
I’ll post something separate about my little adventure to the Juneau Health Spa later, but in the meantime, I figured I’d take over the fishing report for today…
Mostly cloudy today, with heavy rain expected tomorrow. Flows are very low for this time of year and the fish are many. This is looking like one of the best fishing runs in my lifetime… And of course I’m in bed for most of it! Every river is going gangbusters. I had said weeks ago that the run was looking like it was running a week or so late. Late AND huge, as it turned out. Tsiu is usually close to being done by now, but they have huge fresh fish with few of any blushing up yet. That is the first run to come in in the borough, with the rivers on the southeast side of Yakutat running later.
The Italio, Akwe and East tend to be a week or two later than the Situk, which is supposed to be slowing down now and pretty much over by the end of September. There is no sign of anything slowing down any time soon. I’d expect our run this year to be good throughout the end of October and on the latest streams – into November. There are so many fish that none of the fly fishermen are whining about the commercial nets… At all. And fly fishermen do like to whine…
Here are the current flow condition:
A little bit of rain early this morning, but 306 CFS for this time of year is not unheard-of, but unusual. “Normal” is 557. So all these additional fish are just crammed into moderately low water, making the fishing extremely easy. Best flies are the black and white Dolly Llamas, but also anything with pink, or chartreuse.
And the fish are really huge this year. I have exceeded 25lbs on the Akwe while commercial fishing, so this year with the fish running larger than normal, if anyone wants to challenge the state record for silvers, I bet the New Italio and Akwe have at least a few fish that can top it.
And… I think I’m going to go lay down again… Phone lines for the airport are still down and Alaska Airlines has cancelled their flights for today and yesterday because of it. The phone company is supposed to send someone to Yakutat tomorrow to fix the issue, but unless they land a jet here, I’m not sure how we’ll get the repair tech in… Most of the people who have been stuck these extra couple days are thrilled to have the excuse to fish the extra time… REALLY thrilled.