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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-14-2016, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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My lady and I heading to Sitka, AK for a week in the end of July and I am trying to do some homework on DIY fishing opportunities around there. Generally, I would prefer to fish without a guide due to financial constraints. If anyone has any information to share I would be very obliged. Planning on bringing fly rods but I am wondering about lines, flies and species availability around there during this time. From looking at the ADFG’s information coho should be around.

I admittedly am merely a pupil of salmon on the buggy whip; but have hooked some (chinook) in the last two years here in Oregon.

Additionally, I don’t want to blow up anyone’s spots and welcome PM’s regarding information. Thank you kindly.

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There will be only some pinks and some Chum around at that time, and some dolly varden. Not a hole lot of rivers to get to from the road but there is one just south of town. I will look at some maps later, I worked for a lodge there but was all fly out. Light tips and floater is all you need for lines, and single handers as there is no need for a 2hander.

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I used to live in Sitka. I spent most of my summers fishing more on the mainland and didn't get a ton of fishing in around mid summer, but here re some thoughts.

If you take the road south down the island a few miles you will find Sawmill Creek. This used to be a fun stream for small rainbows, bring a small rod maybe a tenkara or a 2 weight. There may be some opportunities for anadromous fish at the mouth, may some pinks in saltwater, which can be fun.

If you take the road north of town you will find Star Gavin Creek. We used to fish dollies there in the spring, we would fish the channel of the tidal flat right where the road crosses. I am not sure what July will offer, maybe pinks. My be a small switch rod for casting and stripping and a bit of swinging in creeks out flow, creek is too small to swing.

Finally, you should be able to target dolly varden if you hike up Indian River trail. This is more in town. Indian River meets the salt right at totem park, but the trail really starts about a mile inland. This is a good hiking trail. The River is pretty clear we usually just fished egg patterns and nymphs for the dollies. Maybe a really small switch rod could work up there.

Sitka is great. A beautiful place, with lots to do.

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Hey, thank you both for suggestions. I've read of Star Gavin Creek and I will check out Indian River Trail. I've been to Alaska before but I was young and it was a cruise trip. I'm excited to go back it and experience the beauty this special place has to offer with my lady.

Thank you both for the information!
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