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The OP received a much need insurgence of water to mix up the long cold snap.  Reasonable numbers of fish around with a mix of hatchery and wild depending on the watershed.

It appears  that the rivers will continue to drop with the up coming weather pattern.


  • Steelhead connections do not come easy, especially on a swung fly. Therefore, preparation and strategy make up a crucial part of the potential for catching….   Sharp hooks,  Good knots,  Cover likely water, systematically, with a likely pattern (based on conditions), Confidence and patience.
  • Fish where the fish are. Remember, steelhead move a lot!  Winter fish, far more than there summer counterpart .
  • Sometimes playing the water is half the battle. When the river has been dropping and clearing for ‘awhile’, fish the hole.  If the river is ‘fresh’ on the drop or rise, fish the heads and tails.