The Steelheading this past week has been Solid, Cold and Rainy weather has bumped the flows up, got the fish moving and has added to the overall Steelhead experience. We are seeing a good push of hatchery Hens now with a few wild ones thrown in, they’re following the push of Bucks we saw a month ago. The Winter run should start to show after the Holidays .
Swinging for Steelhead this past week has ranged from good to Epic ! The Summer/Fall Steelhead of the Trinity have finally left the Frog Water that they have been occupying for week’s on end and are on there final push, this has put them back into prime Steelhead water and made them accessible to the Spey/Swing angler. This past week, Spey junkies John and Hossein have had Good to Great success swinging up a mix of hatchery and wild Steel ! Over the next several weeks our Summer/Fall Steelhead will be making there final push to there spawning grounds and will be leaving the door open for the much anticipated return of the Winter run, we generally see Winter fish start showing late December to early January. We have finally entered a wet weather pattern on the Trinity which has improved fishing greatly and it looks to continue for some time !
Just back from a couple days of guiding for early Winter Steelhead on the Lower Klamath, Wednesday fished well with a good mix of wild 1/2 pounder’s and Coastal Cutthroat. We were one day away from swinging up an adult or two but the latest storm hit us hard with wind and heavy rain which left us with a river on the rise at over 500 cfs an hour and was completely blown by this morning. Life of a Winter Steeheader ! The Lower Klamath , in any given Winter, only offers a few brief windows of opportunity for the Spey Angler where Swinging a fly for dime bright Winter Steelhead is realistic, flexibility is key. Feel free to contact me if your interested in Spey casting on some of the most epic swing water in the lower 48 !