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Despite low flows, steelhead options are plenty
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 15, 2018

Smith River

While the lack of rain has most steelhead anglers singing the blues, there are however, a few bright spots. Especially if you like to throw on a pair of waders and head to the river bar. The Mad River is probably as good now as it’s been all season. With plenty of bank access, it’s probably the best steelhead option...
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Rivers are green, but bite is slow
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 8, 2018

Chetco River

This past weekend saw all of our coastal steelhead rivers turn some shade of green – some emerald and some olive. Condition-wise, it was probably the best we’ve had this season. But pristine conditions only last so long. And now, as we go another week deeper into a disheartening dry spell, some rivers are getting too low to drift and...
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River conditions looking ideal for the weekend
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Mad River

It’s shaping up to be one heck of a weekend on the North Coast — expect the green water euphoria to be in full effect. All of the coastal rivers, except for possibly the main stem of the Eel, will be some shade of green. This only happens about once a season, and it typically follows an extended period of...
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Green water on the distant horizon
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by Kenny Priest, JANUARY 25, 2018

Mad River

Our coastal rivers are finally getting the flushing and scouring they desperately need. The latest round of storms has brought the rivers to their highest levels of the season, providing ample water for steelhead to make it back to the streams and creeks where they were conceived. The extra flows will also trigger the fish that are still swimming in...
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Coastal rivers brace for rain
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, JANUARY 18, 2018

Smith River

Coming off the first weekend of the winter steelhead season that saw all of the coastal rivers turn green, I was sure hoping to hear some better scores. From the South Fork Eel north to the Chetco, steelhead reports ranged from decent to tough – and everywhere in between. The Chetco likely fished the best, but there were plenty of...
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Steelhead season showing signs of life
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by Kenny Priest, JANUARY 11, 2018

Chetco River

That little shot of rain seems to have done the trick. For the first time this season, just about all of the coastal rivers are starting to see winter steelhead show up in decent numbers. From the Chetco to the Eel, the reports have all been good. Boats drifting the Chetco are landing one to three fish a day, with...
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