This are a couple of great guys. We have had a blast over the last four days, with one day reaching nearly 25 hookups. Fishing is of and on right now, but the water is in good shape, and the fish are plentiful, just not always willing to bite. Having a great time at Yakutat Lodge.
Great double landing!!!!
Good luck out there
Well these four guys can't get enough. As a guide for Yakutat Lodge, I have seen a lot of types of fisherman, but these guys are great. They are fisherman, not people that just go fishing. We caught a ton of fish today, and I have the pleasure of taking them for the next two days. Another one of the Yakutat Lodge guides (John),has been teaming up with me in the last couple days, and I can't say enough good stuff about him. With John and I joining forces, these fish don't have a chance. I like to use the line, "Let's catch every thing in this hole, and leave it empty", well with over 500 hundred fish in the hole, this maybe a stretch, but we put a big dent in them. Also I caught a large king on my fly rod today, and the got a great release vid of this giant. This king was only 2 minutes out of the ocean, and looks like he had a scrape with an otter on the way in. Here are the pics, and the vids.. Enjoy,,,,,,, More to come. All pics are of different fish.
Good luck out there.
Well it took me awhile to get off the couch and really go out fishing.
Today I went down to the Oregon coast to seek out some bright Coho, and Chinook Salmon. I found a bunch of them. We fished the Trask river, just this side of Tillamook, and the fishing was great for the fly rod. I went with my buddy Steve, and again I had to show him how it was done. Steve spotted the first fish of the day, on a quick stop along the side of the road to pee, he looked down and saw two nice Chinook. We got our gear together and went in for the slaughter. It took abit of time to get things in order and to start getting into the rhythm needed to successfully fish. After about 15 minutes worth of warm up time, we started hooking up. I got into four fish in the first hour, and Steve hit into two. That was the last I heard from Steve almost the rest of the day, but I had just begun. We headed up river, and found another location, where we could see fish. We got the gear out again, and now it was really time to start hooking up. In the next five hours, I hooked approximately 20 fish or more, landed about 11, and Steve touched one, and got another one to the bank. Tough day on the Steve man!!!. It was a great day, and the best was the 35 pound Chinook on the 8 weight fly rod and 10 pound test. Here are the pics from today. Steve is holding the one that he was able to bring to the beach, the rest are the ones I talked into giving up. We did not retain any of these fish, for they were all natives.
Good luck out there!!
Well as many of you know, the limits and river access on the Situk have been cut back, due to a lack of Sockeye over the weir. The kings are thick in the river now, but still no sign of them opening the river for kings. Today though I flew out from Yakutat Lodge to the Akwe river. The kings are arriving there in good numbers, and the Sockeye’s and the Dolly Varden are thick. Matt and I guided six gentlemen to the Akwe today, and the fishing and the catching were non stop. Although only two large kings were landed, there were others hooked and lost. There were five Sockeye’s caught, without even fishing for them. The guys were also able to land around 100 Dolly Varden. Here is a pic of the 30 pounder, and a pic of the rest.
Not a bad 5 hours.
Ok the Sockeye have really started to hit the Situk River, but most are smaller fish. This may be contributed to the commercial nets just being in the river for 3 days. For the most part the smaller fish can swim through the mesh in the net, where the bigger fish get caught up. Matt and I walked up from the lower end of the river today with three clients, and came across some nice groups of fresh sockeye.The Yakutat Lodge clients were able to get their limit of 6 fish each within 6 hours.
All Sockeye caught in the Situk must be hooked in the mouth, if they are not in the mouth, then they must be released immediately and unharmed. If you know you have a fish snagged, then try to release it in the water, instead of dragging it up on the bank and then yanking the hook out, and kicking the fish back into the water. Remember every fish you kill, is a fish that won’t make it to the spawning grounds. If this happens repeatedly, everyday, by 50% of the people, then it could have a negative impact on the future runs, which in the long run will effect you. So respect the fish you foul hook, it’s not their fault, and they need to be release unharmed.
Here is a pic of Matt sitting in front of 12 of the Sockeye we collected today.
Sorry it took so long Donnie. But it has only been 3 days, not 5.
Well to those who are waiting for the Eagle Creek natives they are still a no show. Recent conversations with the hatchery staff have led me to beleive that if the natives do show it will not be until April. The run came early this year and that was that!!! Gene, at the hatchery said that around 35 fish entered the trap at the hatchery since the 10th of the month. The good news is that the fish that are arriving seem to be in good shape still, leaving me to hope that there are still groups in the Clackams River just waiting to shoot up. The cold water may be the biggest factor in the late arrival of the natives. With warming waters will bring new fish in and the natives will show up then also. On the other hand, this is the year of the return of the Chinook into the creek. Five years ago there were 60 thousand smolt dumped in at the Eagle Fern park just above the first ladder. Since then the number of smolts released has increased, and the dump site has been pushed up the creek to a private landowners property just below the hatchery. So eventhough all the Chinook may not return all the way to the hatchery this year, you can bet on a good run next year, since the number of smolts has gone up to 200,000 for the last 3 years.
So look for the big boys to return soon.