Good day everyone. I hope you are having a great summer. We sure are. With king season in the books we have been focusing on trout fishing in the upper section of Willow Creek. In the last couple of weeks King Salmon have been moving in good numbers up the river. We have spotted groups of kings in almost every hole on the way down the river. I have seen a few starting to make redds but for the most part they are still getting prepared.
Rainbow trout are still on the prowl looking for a big meal. Streamers imitating sculpin and other bait-fish, have still been the top producers. We fished several different bead colors on the river yesterday and no large fish were taking them. That definitely indicates that Kings are not dropping eggs quite yet.
It has been exciting to see more Kings in the upper portion of the river everyday. This should be a great season for fishing guts (eggs and flesh). I have talked to a few anglers who have picked up a few good trout on mice patterns skated over and behind groups of Kings.
The water from deception creek and below was very dark this week, the rain has been making is somewhat difficult for fish to see flies. Just keep working hard. We are going to be fishing some other Mat-su streams this weekend, hoping for some great fish. Let me know how things are going for you. GOOD LUCK!