You may have noticed that there have been very few posts here on the Alaska threads this year. Truth is, this has been a very difficult year to be a fly fisherman here in my part of the state and many others I might add. While there were a few isolated days of good fishing, on a whole the weather has been working overtime against me. I have rain gear so a little rain won't stop the show but there have been other developments..........
The salmon returns were very bad, bad enough that seasons were closed for both kings & silvers. The sockeye never really came here in the valley and went largely ignored by both F&G and anglers alike. Depending on where you were the Chum salmon showed up in decent numbers but seemed to have lockjaw albeit a few tough guys who got themselves hooked to my flies.
Now, enter the weather; there were some windows of good conditions but alas there were few fish to accompany those sunny warm days. The stand out was July 9, 2012. As I drove home from Chitna I watched the outside temperature display on the rear view mirror of the truck like a hawk watching for prey. What I was studying was the number '41', that's 41* fahrenheit and it stayed there for the entire trip, 220 miles! Now 41* may sound good on a day in late March but on July 9, it sounds like 9 degrees above freezing.
So it was cloudy and unseasonably cold. There were few salmon in the rivers and creeks. Then came the rain, rain in ernest in September that is. 2 solid weeks of it causing flooding on a massive scale from Tok Junction to Kodiak Island. Fall was the last vestige of hope here. The thought of fishing for grayling, trout and char carried me through the lean and sometimes cold days of summer. Of course the flooding changed that plan and it persists still today. After having 2 days off from the rains they returned Thursday with renewed Gusto. And to finish my hopes off this is what greeted me when I looked out the window from the loft this morning.
September 29, 2012 and I can only hope that nature is just joking with us here. I've been on the phone with contacts over at Kodiak hopping to find a place where I could fish. I have friends in Fairbanks but they are in the high water thing just like us.
So, when will I write some inspirational bit of post from The Great Land? I'm not quite sure but I'm hoping for a warm dry trend in the weather before November