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Storms could derail hot steelhead bite on the Smith
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by Kenny Priest, JANUARY 23, 2020



Steelhead fishing on the Smith River has been off and running for a week, but the storms headed our way this weekend may put a damper on the hot action. The river has been chocked-full of steelhead since last week and anglers drifting from the forks to Ruby van Deventer Park have enjoyed some of the best fishing in recent...
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Smith is it for green water
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by Kenny Priest, JANUARY 16, 2020



Last week I wrote that the Smith River would be the best bet for steelhead-green water. Well, that was only partially correct. The rains that were forecasted didn’t pan out entirely, and left the main Eel and South Fork perfectly green through the weekend. This week though, I really mean it. As I’m writing this weeks report, the Smith is...
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Lower Rogue Has Remained Fishable This Week
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by Kenny Priest, JANUARY 16, 2020

Rogue River Lower

According to Martin, the Elk River dropped to 5 feet on Wednesday, the high point of where it is fishable. “It had reached 6.5 feet. It will be in play this week,” he said. “The bright spot has been the lower Rogue River, which is fishing well for plunkers using Spin-N-Glos and jet boaters anchoring and running MagLip plugs. The...
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Elk River Conditions
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by Kenny Priest, JANUARY 16, 2020

Elk River

According to Martin, the Elk River dropped to 5 feet on Wednesday, the high point of where it is fishable. “It had reached 6.5 feet. It will be in play this week,” he said. ...
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Chetco River Conditions
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by Kenny Priest, JANUARY 16, 2020

Chetco River

The Chetco has been high and blown out the past week, with flows of 5,000 to 10,000 cfs reports Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. “It generally fishes best below 4,000 cfs,” said Martin. “Those kind of flows may be a week or more away. The plunkers have caught a few fish in the dirty water, but the river is...
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Smith River Conditions
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by Kenny Priest, JANUARY 16, 2020

Smith River

The Smith has been teetering between fishable levels since the weekend. On Wednesday, it was right around 12 feet on the Jed gauge, and most boats chose to drift while a few fished on the anchor. Quite a few fish were reportedly caught, and the river had plenty of visibility by the afternoon. It was predicted to hit 14 feet...
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