Smith Crests Again
The Smith river is back in play here on Saturday morning 3-8. The
river crested a bit over 14 feet early Friday and has dropped back to 12
feet at 6:AM. today. Now before you make any plans we expect any significant
rise late tonight through Sunday. The forecast calls for 2-4 inches of rain
from Saturday evening through Monday morning. The guidance plot calls for
the Smith to rise to 15 feet late Sunday and looks to be back in action on
Tuesday. Many other North Coast systems could be back in late in the week
but the Smith will likely be a best bet mid week.
Smith Rises, Best
Bet Now with Higher Flows
The Smith crested at 13 feet Monday 3-3 evening and has now
dropped to the primo height of 11 feet here on Tuesday 3-4 at 6:Pm.
We do not have any reports from today but over the weekend guides were
scratching out 2 to 3 to a high of five fish per boat. The Smith should see
an uptick in counts in the next week or two as the smaller bluebacks move in,
the last of the winter run fish push up and the runbacks push down.
The Chetco has seen exceptional action the past few weeks but is high and
muddy today. Dave Jacobs was reporting solid scores of 5 to 8+ fish landed
all last week and as it comes back in we should see a mix of down run fish
and late run steelhead pushing up. Being March the peak is in the rearview
mirror but there is still a couple of weeks of good fishing for those
willing to bounce around and learn new water.
Smith & Chetco
Flows Remain Steady, Rivers South Rise
All the recent rains that have hit the Central coast have had little effect
on rivers to the North. While the Eel has seen a rise and is muddy the Smith
and Chetco have been holding steady or seeing a small drop the past few
Here on Sunday 3-2 at 11:AM the Smith is flat lined at 8 feet. Light
rain is forecasted this afternoon and the river could see a slight rise
which would be a good thing. Guides are reporting 2 to 5 fish mostly adults
and a mix of 1/3 runbacks to bright fish.
The Chetco has been the place to drift the past week or two. Dave
Jacobs reports he is putting clients into 5 to 10 hookups and an average of
4 to 6 fish to the net. Dave says they are starting to see some downers but
over half of their fish are dime bright 5 to 12 pound fish. The river is in
great shape and looks to remains so into early next week.
The South Fork Eel is on a slow drop currently a tad high at 9.3 feet
at Miranda. One flows drop to 8 feet at Miranda come Tuesday the bite will
be on if the forecast holds true. The Eel is a huge producer in March and
anglers should find a mix of mostly runbacks with some bright fish in the
mix to keep things interesting. While this river is often colored and or out
when it's "in and fishing" produces some of the highest scores in the state.