I think this is the first time I've ever posted to the flyfishing forum (I spend more time in small game and bird dog training). I have a question about fishing Willow and other similar creeks this time of year.
A buddy and I went up there on Sunday and spent several hours fishing around the Deception Creek confluence, and then down near the confluence with the Su. We are both relatively competent flyfishers, but new (in the last few years) to flyfishing in AK. We have had success with beads on rivers like the Russian, but we didn't even get a bite on the Willow. Near Deception, we could see a few very red cohos darting around, but we didn't see any eggs and didn't see any bows or dollies. We tried beads, flesh patterns, nymphs, wolly buggers, conehead dolly llamas, etc and nothing worked.
So, the question is: how do you fish a stream like that at this time of year when the salmon aren't around and few eggs are visible? Have the trout moved way upstream or downstream to find more viable food sources? Or were they just hiding under the banks and not interested in what we had to offer? Any advice would be much appreciated.