There have been rumors that the runs have arrived up in Kenai and Copper River, or there are a lot of jumpers out in the bay… but nothing has materialized around here. Yet. Weir count as of Monday (they haven’t updated the site over the holiday) is still stuck below 3,000 – 2,897 to be exact. We saw over 500 go through on the 2nd, but we should be seeing a couple thousand every day by now.
So nothing good to report. I have heard several day-trip flights go out to Akwe and Italio, but no idea if they were successful. Hope you had a good 4th. Boy, it was hot here in Yakutat. Miserably hot. We cracked 75F! We closed the shop and Teen and I went for a lovely stroll along the beach, while everyone else was in town for the parade. Peaceful, just a couple eagles circling, quiet surf lapping at our feet.
Gotta do something if the fish aren’t in…
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A great run this year so far, but the past week has been significantly slower. Not as many fish pushing in at the mouth of the Situk. Still, 37,000 sockeye through the weir compares with only 8,000 fish same time last year… So slower is relative…
A nice slightly blushed buck who had been previously snagged in the back by someone downstream
Still not many fish at 9 Mile and above. Either they are just not pushing up the river, or they are pushing really fast and getting to the lake inn a hurry. I’m inclined to go with the first theory, since flows are a bit below 200 CFS. Not a whole lot of river to encourage them to head upstream, but still plenty to make floating relatively easy.
Chris and Adam (from Yakutat B&B on the Bay-formerly Bayview Lodge) have been out a couple times and Chris finally gave me some photos to populate my infrequent fishing reports..
Heading out to the cabin in a few minutes, but I’ll post another update from our trip last week next…
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Yes, I have been a little busy… Sorry for the lack of posts… Especially since we are having a TREMENDOUS sockeye run right now. Last year, we had 73 fish total through the weir. As of two days ago, we have over 25,000. And basically no one here. Is the run really strong, or just really early… no way to tell till it happens. But boy, the run is really on fire. The parent year reached 118,000 fish and as of this date had 16,000 fish through. We’re blowing the lid off that year.
And if you remember, I predicted we’d see a 10,000 steelhead count… Um… it seems to be leveling off at right around 6,000… In my defense, we had a good storm right as the bulk of the steelhead were done spawning that flooded the river and made the weir non-fish tight for 4 days. I’m going to say 4,000 fish escaped when the counters weren’t looking just because I want to be right and I have no other basis to prop up my argument… It sure felt like a stronger run than that!
In other news… I have my plane back finally. It had been sitting in Sitka for the past 10 months, after receiving a $17,000 annual that I couldn’t pay for till recently. But she is back and we’re ready to go spend some time at the Italio cabin. Speaking of which…
This has been a challenging year so far and so we are making a few changes. My health problems over the past two months have taught me I need a day off occasionally… We opened the fly shop 10 years ago this season working long hours without many days off for 9 months straight. This summer, we are going to be closed Sunday and Monday. We’ll be back to 7 days a week in mid-August when silver season starts, but in the meantime, I’ll closing the doors two days a week to get a break. Granted, that probably means I’ll be out commercial fishing the Akwe with the family, but if it isn’t a physical break, it is a mental break from the fly shop and things I have to do around here.
It is hard living in your place of business. You have no escape. The phone rings 24/7, customers come and go at all hours of the day and night… In the past, we said to just pull up and honk if we were closed and we’d come running downstairs to help. I just can’t do that anymore… Sorry.
And maybe I’ll even get a chance to fly fish for some sockeye again! Haven’t done that in three years, since I first showed Chris how.
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