Could it be February already? What happened to December and January for that matter? Times flies when you’re fishing steelhead. As we near the middle of our rapidly moving Oregon Coast Winter Steelhead season, it’s time we pause for a brief reflection on Steelhead and Rainbows.
The Winter season thus far, has been marked by unusually dry weather. A couple of big storms have helped to keep some water in the rivers, but significant weather systems have been few and far between. Dry Winter weather lends itself to hit and miss fishing. We certainly witnessed that. Luckily, we’ve had more hits than misses and overall fishing has been good.
Hatchery fish numbers picked up significantly through out January after a slow start in December. Those early hatchery runs are now beginning to taper off and we’re seeing more native fish each day, as it should be this time of year. We had a great time chasing hatchery brats and it’s always nice to send customers home with some chrome fillets, but now we’re ready for the big boys to show. As always, we fish with the intent that we will land that 20+ pound fish. Will this year be the year?
If you’re interested in chasing these big wild steelhead, let us know. We have a couple openings left in March and early April. Call 503.515.3533 or email us.
This scene awaited us at the boat ramp in early February. Not a bad way to finish out a double digit day.
In an effort to hop out of the boat and chase down his bolting steelhead (urged on by yours truly), “Joe” found himself airborne and then upside down while Steelie continued downstream. The peanut gallery nearly fell out of the boat laughing, but recovered enough to net said fish and check for serious injuries. Thankfully, no broken bones… play on!
Ryan hooked up to a nice steelhead on an emerald green water day. Thanks to Ryan and Randy for the great pics!