Most but NOT ALL
North coast rivers are back on the rise here on Tuesday 12-16. The
bulk of the rainfall this afternoon has been from the Mendo / Sonoma county
line and south.
The Smith is in great shape and has drop from 9.5 to 9.1 feet over the past
24 hours. The first steelhead of the season are pushing in but being the
week before Christmas few guides have been out. That will change right after
the big holiday as anglers look to get out on some of the best conditions
after two years of drought.
Rivers to the south from the Mad to the Eel, Duzen and Russian are all muddy
and rising. The long range forecast calls for dry weather all next week and
possibly into the New Year. As rivers open to fishing and steelhead move in
we are looking forward to posting some positive reports after a long two
years of low flows.
Now is the time to get those prime time January and February guide trips
booked. Both Wally Johnson and Tony Sepulveda have gift certificate
available for those looking to get that "perfect" gift for the angler (s) in
These prime dates also book up well in advance for the Hiouchi Lodge. There is
no better spot to stay the night than here. They offer great lodging /dinner and
lunch packages and are located on one of the most productive steelies holes on
the main stem (just below the Covered Bridge). .
BIG rain is on the way and we
will see significant to even flood stage rises on many North and Central
Coast rivers late Wednesday 12-10 into Thursday 12-11. Flows may
briefly top flood stage but on most rivers (those with dams) flows will drop
rapidly due to low releases off of the reservoirs. The good news is that
this will allow the first of the winter steelie run to move in and set the
stage for the North Coats steelie run. The Smith river is any readers "best
bet" for December steelies with the Mad, Eel, Chetco all big producers come
January. We will begin our regular North Coast river reports around
Christmas. Until then let the rivers rise and the late fall salmon spawn and
the first of the steelies push in.