TFO on the Situk River in Alaska

TFO By Robert Jones for Temple Fork Outfitters

 

TFO rep (Rockies/West) and owner of Glade Park Associates, Bobby Jones, recently returned from a steelhead trip in Alaska.

Below is his report from fishing the Situk River in Southeast Alaska.

“Water flows hovered around 100 CFS on the Situk, about half of what would have been optimum flows.

Bobby Jones with a nice steelhead from the Situk.  Photo by Bobby Jones.

Bobby Jones with a nice steelhead from the Situk.
Photo by Bobby Jones.

With the lack of rain and mostly sunny days, conditions were not the best, but, we still managed to catch some fish.  Because of the low water, we were not seeing  fresh fish moving up into the river from the estuary each day, although some were coming on the high tide during the night.

Early morning and late evening was the best of it when the sun was behind the trees and the water was shady. It was getting light at around 5 a.m. and not getting dark until around 9:30 p.m.

The deeper pools held the most fish which made it more challenging for fly fishing around all the sweepers and snags in the pools, so, our group ended up catching a good number of fish in these buckets on gear, both spinning and baitcast. We used jigs under floats and some spoons in the holes.

I spent a good amount of my time with the fly rod and quickly found out that the fish holding on the gravel just above the tail outs in very low sunny water were incredibly spooky and were very difficult to get to eat.

I had the best luck using a Teeny Mini-Tip line with a single yarn egg pattern with dumbell eyes or some variation of that with some maribou and estaz in pinks and purples and black, orange and red combos. line was 8-pound P Line CFX fluorocarbon.

I was using the 8-weight Mangrove mostly, with some time on the 8-weight BVK. My reel of choice as the BVK III.  Both were perfect outfits for this type of fishing in some tight water.

It started raining the second to last day and the water tinged up to a more stained color, which improved conditions a little.”

Pontoon rigged and ready to float the Situk. Jones fished the Mangrove series fly rods as well as the four-piece TRS/TRC rods.  Photo courtesy Bobby Jones.

Pontoon rigged and ready to float the Situk. Jones fished the Mangrove series fly rods as well as the four-piece TRS/TRC rods.
Photo courtesy Bobby Jones.

 

 

Gearing up for the Situk. Jones fished both fly and conventional gear throughout the several day float. Despite low water conditions, Jones and the group managed to land a few fish.  Photo courtesy of Bobby Jones.

Jones fished both fly and conventional gear throughout the several day float. Despite low water conditions, Jones and the group managed to land a few fish.
Photo courtesy of Bobby Jones 

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