Chetco River steelhead fishing 1-14-2015.

With many of Northern California and Southern Oregon’s winter steelhead fishing river’s running low and clear now, the river’s to the South of the Smith and North of the Chetco have been a better choice the past week. The Eel, Rogue and Umpqua River’s have been in good condition and steelhead are coming in daily as reported by Chetco River steelhead fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  Anglers can expect some possible changes though in the very near future as a good shot of much need rain is forecasted to return Thursday through Sunday raising both the Smith and Chetco River’s.  Current flows on the Smith are 6.87 feet/1,460 cfs and very low and clear. The Eel River is fishing very good this past week and it too is clearing and will be in need of rain soon.  Late January and February are very good times to give the Chetco and Smith Rivers a try for winter steelhead.  Pictured is Tom Byas from Eureka, Ca. who hooked up with his brother Mike and guide Gary Farley on one of our multi-boat trips in Northern California this past weekend.  Remember to always check in advance before traveling to and fishing these rivers as river conditions can change very quickly in this area.

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Dave Jacobs

Professional Guide Dave Jacobs is licensed to operate in both California and Oregon. Dave Jacobs is a licensed guide with The California Department of Fish and Wildlife as well as a current licensed Oregon guide registered with The Oregon State Marine Board. Guide Dave Jacobs is also licensed to operate in the Rogue/Siskiyou National Forest on the upper Chetco River in Oregon, licensed to operate in the Six Rivers National Forest on The Smith River, Klamath River, Trinity River and South Fork Trinity River. Guide Dave Jacobs is also licensed with the Bureau of Land Management to operate on the upper Trinity River from Lewiston California downriver to Grays Falls on the Trinity River. Guide Dave Jacobs also holds a Merchant Mariner Credential with The U.S. Coast Guard and is certified in both CPR and First Aid. We are an equal opportunity provider.

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