Great Steelhead Catches by guests of Small Stream Outfitters
January, 2011. Northern Oregon Coast, Fly Fishing Winter Steelhead
A good way to start the morning!
Jesse shows off an angler's chunky native buck. The male natives from January were heavy, red hot and fiesty.
Big Native Buck Steelhead
Rich Youngers of Creekside Fly Fishing took this great native buck in the middle of the afternoon.
Great Release Shot
Releasing a sprite little oregon coast hatchery hen steelhead
The Oregon Coast Native Steelhead are in
Chris and Jesse show off a healthy native steelhead
Winter Steelhead Release
In the steelhead world, this guy is a wee one, so we sent him back to get bigger.
The mahoney strikes again
There were a few days in January when the swinging conditions were stunningly perfect. It didn't take long to swing this one up on a Mahoney. 1 of 3 hooked in a single run.
More coastal chrome
Kyle made the long trip up from California and was rewarded with a 5 for 10 day on flies. Nice job Kyle!
Long hatchery hen.
Bruce shows off his lanky 32 inch hatchery kelt hen.
Shiny steelhead, green water... Good combo
The native steelhead began to show up in earnest about halfway through January.
January steelheaders are hearty souls, braving the worst mother nature has to offer, all in hopes of catching a steelhead. Weather throughout the month of January was fairly typical marked by one long period of high, dirty, blown out rivers in the middle of the month and the rest of the month the river was up, green and fished great. The Coastal river blow out in the middle of the month marked the end of the early hatchery runs and first big push of native steelhead. Numbers of fish dropped off slightly throughout the month, but the quality increased tremendously. We hooked a lot of big fish late in January, landed a few and lost a bunch. Those big ones have a habit of trying to get away and often succeeding. January was a great month of steelheading on the Oregon Coast and we expect the good fishing to continue right on through April.
The Oregon Coast Winter Steelhead season of 2010/2011 is in full swing! We still have a few late season dates left, but they won't last long. To arrange a guide trip for Winter 2010-2011 steelhead action, give us a call at 503-515-3533 or email us! We'll be fishing these agressive, acrobatic fish through April.