Captain Dave Jacobs 530 646-9110

February 25, 2018    Headlines
Winter Steelies

Light rain is falling on the far north coast on Sunday afternoon 2-15. Rainfall totals from tonight's system is expected to bring light rain and several inches of snow in the passes. The forecast calls for a far more significant system late Wednesday through Friday with heavy coastal rain.
The Smith rose just a few inches on Saturday to 7' where it continues to hold tonight. The action on the Smith has been slow due to recent low water but a good "flush" should turn things on later this week.
Dave Jacobs reports still decent action of 3 to 5 chances with 1 to 3 fish landed on the Chetco. Rain should push the last of the adults in and allow those now staging to move up into spawning grounds.
If we see more than a 1/2" overnight in the Eel watershed it could be game on. Guides have been working the main stem picking a few fish off mostly on plugs. If the flows come up even a few inches overnight the South Fork could perk up. The steelies that have been holding awaithing higher flows will be on the move and pushing up quickly. The higher flows forecasted late this week will set the stage for good action as the river drops in.

All rivers are low and clear here on Thursday 2-15. The forecast calls for light rain / showers this coming weekend but rainfall totals will be very low and don little to change the current conditions.
The better news is that it is February and there are steelhead moving into all systems. Guide Dave Jacobs has been fishing the Chetco this past week and reports they are still seeing 3 to 5 chances every day. The key is patience.
Dave says he is finding his best action working Hotshots and Weewarts slowly backed through the slots and tail-outs. He is also picking up a few fish casting Cloes in the holes and working splush balls and roe. Tonight he videoed a group of rough fifty fish pushing through the lower Chetco at the take out. There are steelhead in all the rivers, its just a matter of a stealthy approach and patience. Dave added that fishing pressure on the Chetco has been very light and that is a big help to target fish in low and clear conditions.
The Smith is down to under 7 feet and is very low and clear. There are still a few fish being taken on the main stem and bankies are hooking a few on the Middle and North Forks.
The South Fork Eel is down to 415cfs at Miranda. Maybe if you have some good local intel you will find spots to fish but in conditions this low the main stem will be a better bet.
The Mad
is currently at 560cfs at Arcata. That said we have seen lots of hatchery bound fish pushing up through January and there are still good numbers staging in the holes below the hatchery. This is a rare time to break out the roe and spoons and target fish in the holes from the hatchery to Blue Lake.
Despite the ultra low flows of just 250cfs at Dry Creek on the Russian there are still steelhead pushing through. Private anglers are seeing decent catches but the key is to find less pressured waters which is always tough in this urban fishery.

Guide Dave Jacobs will is offering trips on the Smith, Chetco and Central Oregon rivers. 530 646-9110

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