Captain Dave Jacobs 530 646-9110

March 16, 2017    Headlines
Winter Steelies

North Coast Steelie Season Winding Down
The North coast saw light to moderate rainfall on Wednesday 3-15. Most rivers saw just a slight rise and a tint of color added to the flows.
Here on Thursday 3-16 the Smith rose a foot on Wednesday and has dropped back a foot to the 10.9 level on Thursday afternoon. Guides are still seeing some fresh fish mixed in with their post spawn ocean bound cousins. The peak of the season is in the rearview mirror but there is still enough fish to warrant a trip.
The Chetco is still giving up some chrome but mostly down bound fish with decent counts of over the past week. 
The South Fork Eel is literally flat lined at 9.4 feet at Miranda as of 6:PM Thursday 3-16. While this is still a tad high the South Fork should be showing some Saint Patty green and is worth a look. The Eel should be a great bet this weekend as flows slowly drop. The entire south fork could be in by Saturday making this a top bet.
The action on the Mad has been slow by most reports. We saw a good push of hatchery fish in early January to mid February but the bite (at least from the reports I am getting) are of mostly slower action of down run fish being taken by liners below the hatchery.

Wally Johnson is booking steelie trips for the coming week and has room available for Smith river trips. 530 496-3291
Guide Dave Jacobs will also be offering trips on the Smith, Chetco and Central Oregon rivers. 530 646-9110

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