The migration of the Chum (dog) salmon fry, from the local rivers and creeks, into estuaries of the Puget Sound, Hood Canal etc. in late March and into most of April, is an event that savy anglers in the region, herald as much as a Golden Stonefly hatch or the October Caddis. Fry by the millions enter the shallow waters of these estuaries and become easy prey for the Sea Run Cutthroat that inhabit these same waters. Many locally famous patterns have evolved to take advantage of this great fly fishing opportunity. Bob Triggs "Chum Baby" is perhaps the most famous and some say the most effective. The late Doug Rose, created the pattern the "Keta Rose", another home grown fly that closely mimics the Chum fry and has proven to be very effective as well. Bottom line, these fish are hungry and the Chum fry are a huge bounty and great source of protein. Aggresive strikes are the rule. When the tide is right and the wind has laid down, the fishing is magical. It can start with a bang last for an hour or two and be done just as quickly as it started.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Alaskan country side beckons again.
Flooding in Talkeetna earlier this fall, resulted in broken and jammed ice on the Big Su and Talkeetna Rivers.
This forced us off the rivers surface and made for a more difficult time as we broke trail along the shoreline areas. We had decent temperatures or the bulk of our outing -12 to start and low +20's near the last day of our trek.
Rene Trekking across Finger Lake at -12 F
Wind blown snow and Birch
Clear ice on Finger Lake
Low hanging sun on the Big Su
Karl on the Goldmint Trail
Crossing "Z" Lake
Erik surveys the Goldmint trail on the way to trailhead
Posted by Jim at 11:16 AM
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
So the end of the season comes with the hard rains of November.
Water levels in the local rivers will run high and dirty until a prolonged dry spell.
Even then,they will run swift and wading becomes much more of a challenge.
Its time to start tying some flies and waiting out the weather.
I'll look to beach fishing for cutthroat over the winter months, along with a few winter steelhead outings, to help keep me sane .
Posted by Jim at 9:19 PM