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First Sockeye…

The sockeye run is starting off very slow with only 15 fish counted through the weir.  Chris went fishing last night and landed his first several sockeye (and frustratedly tried to shake that darned steelhead off his line).  He said there was about a dozen fish below Rodeo,  but they weren’t in a good position to drift to.  Working their way downstream,  just pockets if a couple here and there.  Pretty depressing.  Then they spotted a seam with about a dozen and actually landed 6 of them!  After exhausting that group,  they headed down toward the take-out and spotted another 30 fish in a group.  They hooked several more of those (and impressed the only other fishing group with their ability to get sockeye to take flies…).

So I’m still holding to the idea that the run is a week or two late.  Usually right around the 1st of June,  there are enough sockeye for us to hook a few,  with no competition.  These small groups will shut down quickly with more pressure.  Fine when you are alone,  not-so-fine when you have to compete for the few small bunches of fish.

Chris showed me some pictures,  but didn’t send them to me…  He also asked if we had seen the moose cow and calf running around in the fly shop parking lot a couple nights ago…  Nope.  I guess they clomped around on the pavement for a while before heading off.  He had a brief video of them,  but probably too dark for me to post.

So another post with no pictures to make it interesting…  But I had a genuine sockeye report…

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Needing an Update

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.

Sockeye Run is Here!

Looks like we are finally starting to see some good numbers of sockeye showing up in the Situk.  Seeing between 1,000 and 3,000 fish counted through the weir daily now (with an occasional 150 day to make it all confusing).  About 13,000 fish counted so far – which is way below what we’d normally expect by this date.

We had some rain through the week,  bringing the flows up to where we want them to be.  Running pretty steady at about 175 cfs,  but still very clear.  More and more people showing up too,  but at least now we have the fish spread through the entire river.  Spreading the fishermen around a little and relieving the lower area a bit.

I have an assembly meeting tonight and need to get reading my packet,  plus I need to fly Chris out to the Akwe,  so I’m making this a very brief report today…  More tomorrow.