The time has arrived…………. SPRING STEELHEAD FISING. There seems to be a decent number of fish in the river system as of right now. Some of the steelhead that been in the river sense the fall, have already spawned and are now on there way back to the lake. The water temperatures have been ranging from 42 to 45 degrees. The water has a nice stain to it and after these days of rain it might muddy up a bit and send more fish up the river system. Most of the fish that I have been hooking up on are sitting in the little pocket water behind the gravel. This time of year is very important to watch where you are wadding… Make sure you are not stomping all over shinned up gravel and beds crushing eggs, EVERY EGG COUNTS.
Indicator fishing the little buckets and holes behind spawning fish has been the way to go the last few days. In my boat, our best flies have been egg patterns but we are picking up some fish on nymphs. Smaller eggs have been working in the stained water, but that might change depending on how the water gets after today and tomorrows potential rain. Orange and chartreuse nuke eggs have been the best colors. I have been catching a few fish on hears ear (Black & Natural) and green caddis as well. I am starting to see more and more salmon fry in the shallows and slack water; therefore, you might want to have a few fry patterns in our fly box.
Stripping streamers has been a little slow lately but we are still rolling anywhere from 10 to 15 fish a day with a few that want to commit. The best color streamers have been black, yellow, and brown. I would recommend fishing something that is anywhere from 2 to 4 inches long. Slower stripping and a few more pauses have been the ticket to making the fish attack.
I still have some OPEN DATES: March 19th, 20th, 23rd, 26th, 27th, 30th, and 31st. For April I have 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, and 24th– 30th. GIVE THE SHOP OR ME A CALL TO BOOK A TRIP/ DICUSS ONE.
Remember the water is high and stained, wade carefully and it does not hurt to let people know where you will be wadding. I hope to see you out there and good luck.