Well folks, it is official…. Spring steelhead season has arrived. Fish are starting to hunt a little bit more for their food as the water is slowly warming up and they are getting ready for the spawning season. The river has some good flow in it right now, with a decent stain. The water temperature the other day was 41 degrees. Which means it is getting close to optimal steelhead spawning temperatures. The cold front that we are having for some of this week might set it back another day or two but this weekend and the following week look to be HOT. Which in return, should mean that there will be some hot, fresh, and mean steelhead in the system. There seems to be a decent number of steelhead in the river left over from winter, so our spring run should start of with a bang.
The fish are gearing up for the spawn, so you are going to want to focus on the dark runs and deep pockets behind the gravel when targeting these beasts this time of year. If you are looking to do some indicator fishing, I would recommend pink eztas eggs, red eztas eggs, orange eggs, clown eggs, small black stones as it warms up, and green caddis. The way the water is stained you can get away with using 10lb and 8lb to your flies.
If you are looking to do some streamer fishing, this is a great time for it. The steelhead and trout have had a long winter and they are just starting to wake up and they are looking for a nice big meal to start the spring off right. 3 to 4 inch streamers seem to be working well. The best colors seem to be yellow, chartreuse, olive, and black. As the weather and water start to warm up even more, streamer fishing will gradually get better as well.