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Fly-fishing Castle River (Petersburg) in Sept… adv
Posted by AK Rookie on Apr 24 2004
Making my first fishing trip to Alaska and would appreciate any advice I can get (besides taking rain gear, I know all about that). I have the Castle Flats Cabin Sept. 3-9, and am hoping to tangle with some Silvers on a fly and/or spoons. I’m a fairly experienced fly-fisherman, but Silvers and ocean tides are a whole new ball game to me. I’ve spoken with AK Fisheries personnel, as well a few others in the Petersburg area, and have been getting a fairly wide range of opinions on whether Silver fishing that time is good there or not (some say good, others say late). The dates are set, cabin paid for, so that can’t really change. The best I can do is know what the situation is I’ll be facing, and how best to fish it.

I’ve done some reading (“Flyfishing Alaska”, A. Route, “Fishing AK on $$ a day”, C. Batin) and know people who have fished SE Alaska, but not the Castle River itself. I’m in the process of ordering aerial photos and maps of the area; all I have right now is a DeLorme Gazatetteer. What I’m hoping for is somebody with first hand knowledge of the river. Specific questions I have are:

If I am ‘late’ and many salmon have already entered the river, is it worth the effort to hike up river a ways (I’m willing to hike miles) to target fish? Or at that point are they done striking lures?

How big (wide/deep) is the river itself, how far up do you have to go to be able to wade across it?

Is it worth renting an outboard motor for the skiff and trying to fish out in Duncan Canal itself (with casting spoons)? If so, how must I strategize with the tide movements?

Is it safe at all to walk/wade out on the tidal flat along the river when the tide is out?

Are there other streams (like Middle Creek) that are worth hiking (or boating) to?

Any other suggested readings (fly fishing, salmon fishing)?

I know I’m asking a lot here. Any information provided on these or other topics you feel would help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you for taking the time…

Take Care,
MIKE
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