Last weekend we watched football as rain fell and rivers leaped to unfishable levels in fairly short order. The super soaker storm moved through quickly though and by Monday dry sunny weather had returned. With very little snow to melt in the foothills, once the rain stopped those swollen rivers started to fall back into shape in rapid fashion and by midweek we were back where we started. Near perfect conditions and fresh chrome Steelhead swimming home.
This is a very volatile time of year and when favorable conditions present themselves we need to take advantage. I shouldn’t have to remind you that February 2014 brought snow, rain and high water conditions. Of course that was right when my friend Stefan flew in from Germany for a little Steelhead fishing. I’m not saying he’s a rainmaker, but he is planning a return visit in a few weeks. You have been notified.
Meanwhile, it hasn’t taken long for the local guides to get back on the fish with good reports coming from all corners of our Steelhead world.
The North Coast is starting to see a few of the big wild fish in with the mix of hatchery returnees and there have been plenty of those. Rob and Gil are hard at work there, not even coming up for air after their brief layoff. Rob did forward me this photo.
While not flooded with fish like the NFN, the quality of fish being landed on the Sandy River is incredible. Photos of fish over 18lbs. have landed in my inbox this week and plenty of husky fish in that 12-15 range. Just a reminder for those sending in photos, #keepthemwet.
The Clackamas was the slowest river to return to pre-storm levels and currently is still around 13.45 this morning, but is on the drop with no foreseeable upward trend. We should have plenty of fish all through the river.
This nice break in the weather, while not great for mountain snow, does offer the Trout chasers a chance to get out and stretch a fly line. The Deschutes has been rewarding those venturing there, as has the Crooked. The Metolius has been a bit more fickle, but what’s new about that?
As mentioned in the opening of the newsletter I’ll be heading off for a few days of chasing Northern California Steelhead and will be unable to file a report until I return. I also have a side trip to the Metolius on the books before the next newsletter hits your inbox so I can bring you up to speed there. We’ll see how that lovely river treats me.