March 24, 2015
Winter Steelie Bite Winds
Far North Coast Rivers Rise
After a prolonged period of dry weather heavy rain pushed through the North
Coastal rivers on Monday / Tuesday 3-24. The Smith saw the biggest rise
since January jumping from 9 feet to 16 feet today. This will push the downers
into the main stem and guides could see some pretty good scores (mostly downers
and bluebacks) in the days ahead. Fishing pressure has been very light and for
the few guides working the Smith the past two weeks scores have been a solid 2
plus fish per stick.
The bulk of the rainfall fell north of Cape Mendocino with the Smith seeing
1.8", the Eureka area (Mad river) seeing 1.2". and Fort Seward on the Eel seeing
just .68. South of the Mendo county line rainfall totals were less than a few
We received one Eel report last weekend from a regular reader who reported 2
fish on the main stem on Saturday. Otherwise reports have been far and few
between the past ten days and many guides have not had much interest from
clients this late in the season.
On the Russian we did get a couple of good reports from hard core bankies who
reported 1 to 3 fish per stick working the Dry Creek to Whoeler bridge areas
this past weekend. The Russian is low, skinny and clear but those in the
know are hooking a few late run fish.
There is only one week left to yet another tough season. The good news is you
will find light pressure on every system, the bad news: this fourth year of
drought will have a big impact on returns in the coming years.
Rivers Low and Clear, Rain Coming to Far
North Coast This Weekend