Rivers All Dropping In
The Smith river saw a brief and needed rise
on Thursday and is currently holding in the mid 9'
range here on Sunday 2-28. The
action this past week on the Smith has been slowly
reports Wally Johnson of Seiad Valley Guide service.
Wally said "The numbers of fish in January and early
February were some of the best we have seen in years
but things are much slower the past two weeks. I've
been spending most of my time on the Chetco as it
has been much more consistent the past couple of
weeks. In fact the Chetco has been putting
out some big numbers especially on those days when
it's in shape and pressure is low".
In a nutshell the Smith is slow and the Chetco is
still giving up 3 to 6 fish scores. We are starting
to see more downers in the catches and fewer bright
fish on both rivers but there is still some good
fishing left. It is nearly March and the peak is
behind us but the fat lady is not yet singing.
The South Fork Eel has been grudging giving
up some steelhead. The drought and pot growers
draining what water is left in many side streams are
all having and effect. Tony Sepulveda with Green
Water Fishing Adventures and who also owns the
six-pack Shellback in Eureka reports "it's been
tough. We are hooking 2 to 5 and landing 2 or 4 each
day but the action is nowhere near as what we have
seen the 5 plus seasons. In past years hooking 8, 10
or even 15 fish on day's float was not unusual. This
season if you can find five fish to bite you are on
your guide game. Flows this winter have been very
favorable for spawning steelhead and salmon but it
will be a few years before those fish return.