Alaska West guide, Jim Palmersheim, weighs in with a killer photo of some ideal salmon fishing weather..
Seriously, when it comes to targeting salmon, we love this weather!
If you’ve been to our lodges before, you probably recognize that the photo above was taken on location at Andros South, our gig on South Andros Island in the Bahamas.
You might even notice the young fellow in the photo as well – That’s Mike Sanders, our general manager of Deneki Outdoors.
And, if you’re really observant, you might be asking yourself, “why in the world is Mike so bundled up?”
Well, contrary to popular belief, it can actually get cold in the Bahamas! Obviously ‘cold’ is a relative term (‘cool’ would be more accurate), but when a cold front rolls in during the winter months, temperatures can dip into the low 60’s or even into the high 50’s in rare circumstances. That might not seem very cold to some, but such temperatures can make for a chilly boat ride in the morning. Case in point – Mike is from Anchorage, Alaska, so yeah, he knows cold.
Therefore, we always recommend packing a light jacket or fleece – Even when traveling to the Bahamas! Packable synthetic puffy style jackets work really well and take up very little space in the process. In fact, your humble editor never travels any where in the world without one!
So, no matter where you’re headed, pack the puffy, you won’t regret it.
Without a doubt, bonefishing is a visual game. Therefore, there’s no question that a bright, sunny, cloudless day is ideal on the flats.
By the same token, it’s no secret that most of the time heavy cloud cover can make for a tough day of fishing. However, contrary to popular belief, some cloudy days can actually provide decent visibility.
Don’t get us wrong, nothing beats a bright bluebird day, but when coupled with low winds, a high ceiling of cloud cover can actually allow for surprisingly good visibility, particularly over light colored bottoms. We see it all the time on calm mornings with minimal sunlight, which is why even when the forecast looks bleak, we always like to say..
Don’t Underestimate the Cloudy Days!
We’ve seen a lot of big fish caught on cloudy days in the past. Perhaps there’s something to be said about the comfort of a bonefish under lower light conditions. We’ll never know for sure. What we do know is that we no longer underestimate the cloudy days, and think you shouldn’t either!
Fly fishing for bonefish is extremely visual. Stalk the fish, spot your target, and make your cast. Blind casting is virtually non-existent and its this feeling of ‘hunting’ that make bonefish so sought after by anglers.
Therefore it’s no surprise that weather (or more importantly, light) plays a big part when chasing bonefish. Bright sunny days illuminate the flats creating a contrast between the fish and the bottom, making fish much easier to see. Unfortunately, when the clouds roll in, the exact opposite happens and seeing fish (let alone catching them) can become difficult.
That’s not to say it can’t be done though! Here are 6 tips for bonefishing when the lights go out.
A question we get asked all the time in regards to our lodges is, “what’s the best time to go fishing in Alaska?”
Our standard answer? “Well, it depends..”
We’re aware that’s not the one word answer most folks are looking for, but the truth is, we’re really lucky to operate on an incredibly diverse fishery that offers a whole bunch of different opportunities depending on the time of the season. Our guests are able to pick a time that best suits their interests, rather than hope to land the ‘best’ week of the year, which we think is pretty darn cool.
However, a common follow-up question to our likely drawn out and starry-eyed explanation of of our fishery is often, “then what time of year brings the best weather?”
Once again, a one word answer doesn’t quite cut it. Our answer? “Well, ‘good’ weather is relative.”
While some might consider blue sky and bright sun to be ‘good’ weather, the seasoned salmon angler understands that these conditions are far from ideal. On the other hand, while salmon fishing might be best during the darkest, nastiest days of the season, the angler on the hunt for big leopard rainbows would probably be hoping for more visibility.
Luckily for us, we fish for both at Alaska West, meaning regardless of the weather we’re always able to target fish under ‘ideal’ conditions. Like we said, ‘good’ weather is relative, and it all looks pretty good to us.
Last week we had a pretty good electrical storm roll through South Andros. Lucky for us, our operation’s manager, Jordan Sly, is one heck of a photographer.
So, today we present you with the greatest photo ever taken from our tiki hut at Andros South. Wow.
If you live virtually anywhere in the northern half of the United States, odds are you don’t need to read this post to know, winter is upon us!
The Northeast already received its first snow storm of epic proportions nearly two weeks ago, and winter storm warnings are in effect from the Pacific Northwest, through the Rockies, and across the Midwest. Need a break? Well we have good news..
On South Andros, its going to be mostly clear with 10 to 20 mph winds out of the north east, and temperatures hovering around a comfortable 79 degrees..
We swear we’re not trying to taunt you, but fishing for ghost fish tomorrow is going to be pretty close to perfect and we’ve got a seat in the boat with your name on it!
It might not look like ideal weather to most, but when we’re chasing salmon in Western Alaska, we long for days like this..
Bright sunny days can make for epic trout fishing, but dark, gloomy, and down right miserable looking days means happy salmon, and we like that.