Sorry it took so long to post but I went to Oregon to see the new grand daughter and went to Sequim, WA. for 15 days right after I got back from Alaska. Alaska, WOW. What a beautiful place. Loved my week stay at Coffman Cove. The rivers were down due to the below average rainfall this summer on Prince of Wales Island. The rivers were full of Pinks waiting for more water to move up and spawn when we got there. On day three it started to rain for two days, here come the Silvers. Great fishing for Silvers, Pinks, Rainbows, Dolly’s and Char. Caught and released all fish except for two days limits of Silvers for the freezer. After awhile I felt like Salmon fishing was like shooting fish in a barrel, fair hooked and released. Did my best not to foul hook them. Not so hard to do if you just were little carful with your line movement when fishing in schools in tight pools. I started to use my 5wt rod and was running down the streams being pulled by fat pinks. Now that was a blast. I caught fish on a verity of flies, egg sucking leach, bunny strips, green but skunks, elk hair caddis, Pop sickles, nymphs, etc. But the number one fly when the bite slowed was a version of the Silver Thorne. I caught all five species on that fly too. I broke my 8 wt SH rod so I started to use my Deer creek 13.5' 8/9 wt by default. Not really Spey water but worked in a pinch. As far a bears, there was sign everywhere, scat and fish remains. I only saw bears one time, sow with one cub running across the road in front of our SUV. Lots of eagles though. Some small black tail deer everywhere you looked. I fell on my back hard on the rocks and scared the s..t out of myself. Only a few bruises. What works on "NO-SEE-UMS"? Tried Deet but they got me anyways. Allot of the men I was with went fishing the salt and caught Kings, Halibut and rock fish. I just fished the rivers in some of the prettiest rain forests that I have ever seen. Liked it so much I am going back next year.
As a side note , I went fishing one morning out of Forks, WA. on the Bogachiel River in the pouring rain, no fish seen and no pulls. But still fun to fish new water with the two handed rod all the same. Went to "Waters West Fly Shop" in Port Angeles, great shop and very helpful. Good fly selection too. Wow has Sequim grown in the last six years, still looking to retire up there soon.
Thanks for all of you who responded to my questions about fishing in Alaska. This is one of the reasons why this is such a great site. Hope to meet some of you on the water when I get settled and at the Clearwater Clave this month.
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