February 01, 2018    Headlines
Russian Steelies Arrive

The Smith has been on a very slow drop the past few days. Currently on Thursday 2-1 the Smith at Jed Smith Park has dropped from 9.8 to 9.3 feet. The action is a scratch at 1 to 4 fish for guides working the Forks to Ruby section. The weather forecast calls for no rain for the next week and all rivers look to be dropping into shape.
The Chetco is green and holding good color. Scores are running more in the 2 to 4 plus range for guides but here too we are seeing a bit more pressure until other rivers come into shape.
The Mad is still a tad high and off color. Its current level is 8.7 feet or 2400cfs. While muddy it's giving up lots of fish below the hatchery to those tossing beads and yarn. I won't get involved with the politics of lining but that said when the Mad clears up the bait bite can be epic.
The South Fork Eel at Miranda is still high at 1700cfc or 9.3 feet. The South Fork at Leggett (above the East Branch) is in at 725cfs but we have no reports of late. This is one of my favorite streams and a good February producer. The South Fork below Garberville should be in by Friday.
This writer briefly checked out the Russian at Dry Creek on Wednesday 1-31. The river was still chalky with some green and coming back in. ( I couldn't fish as I tore my rotator cuff two weeks ago) There were dozens of anglers on the banks and a few boats drifting. Good numbers of hatchery bound fish are in the river and catches have been good when the river is in.

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