The opener is almost here and the possibilities for stream fishing are endless when the Type 1's are open.I am sure many will spend the opening day fishing for steelhead, but good trout opportunities will exist this year. Water temps in the area are in the mid to upper 40's so the trout will be pretty active compared to past openers where temperatures were in the upper 30's.Water levels are pretty good, but many streams are running high side with the additional rain we are getting so it would be wise to do a little scouting before Saturday.The steelhead run is still going strong with a mix of fresh and spawning fish. Please keep an eye out for the spawning redds/fish and avoid getting too close.If you see active spawners leave them be and try the runs downstream of the redd. There is often a good mix of hungry resident trout and steelhead that will take a well presented fly or bait.
We have had several periods of warm weather since my last report and spring river and big lake fishing is picking up. The river levels vary, but most are rising at the moment. The snow pack in the woods in nearly nonexistent compared to previous years so we are expecting a shorter, but more intense run of steelhead if we don't get much rain in the next few weeks. The big lake fishing has been great for coho and splake and many anglers are taking advantage of that from boats or shore fishing harbors and river mouths. Prime steelhead fishing will be coming up soon on area rivers and we are hoping for great numbers like last year.The shop is stocked up with lots of new fly gear and a couple new brands. We recently added Rio and Fishpond products to the line up. We also have a few dates available for guided trips so shoot us an email or call the shop for more information.