Warm weather has reduced self ice and water levels are rising right now. Cold water temps continue to slow down the action, but fresh steelhead are still trickling in and many are having pretty good days out there. It seems like just about everything is working for them right now, but most are float fishing with jigs/waxies or small egg patterns. I just returned from a fishing show so stop in and check out the new gear that I am putting on the shelves. If you are interested in a guided steelhead trip in the area visit http://www.upstreamoutfitters.org/ for info on timing. We have a few dates left so call soon!
I fished for a couple hours yesterday afternoon and hit two sections of the same river. The upper section of a local favorite was low and clear with plenty of ice still. I tried nymphs/eggs up there and didn't move anything. It was difficult to find open water that was more than a couple feet deep since the slow deep winter pools are still covered. The lower section was stained and the water levels were excellent so I tried a couple different streamers there and didn't have any bumps. Spawn would probably be the ticket. I will post some pics of the conditions later on. Overall it looks like we may have an earlier steelhead season compared to last year.
Spring weather is finally here and the rivers are starting to unlock. We only have a couple local rivers that are fishable at the moment, but that should change soon. Fresh Steelhead are starting to trickle into the rivers and are adding to what was a great fall run.