Smith River steelhead fishing 1-22-2015.

The Smith River has dropped in and fishing very well now.  Last weekends rains not only brought much needed rain, but it has attracted new steelhead to make their way upriver.  The Smith River is flowing at 3,700 cfs or 8.7 feet at the time of this report, as reported by Smith River fishing guide Dave Jacobs. River conditions are clear but their are many bank and drift boat fishing opportunities here.  Now is the time to give all the forks a try as new rain has moved older fish up higher in the River.  Side drifting small roe/puffball combos working as well as egg colored yarn balls.  January and February are prime months to steelhead fish on the Smith River.

Chetco River steelhead fishing

The flows on the Chetco River have dropped into shape and the Chetco River is too fishing very well from both the bank and the drift boats.  The Chetco River has dropped to perfect flows of 2,900 cfs at the time of this report as reported by Chetco River fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  Both hatchery and wild steelhead are coming in 7 to 10 pounds daily.  Here too, side drifting small roe/puffball combos are working best.  Anglers can expect new fish to enter daily as January and February are prime steelhead fishing months.

Trinity River steelhead fishing

Both conventional and fly fishing still happening on the upper Trinity River from Lewiston downriver through Junction City.  Both hatchery and wild steelhead 3 to 6 pounds coming in daily and now are a mix of new fresh steelhead and spawned out down runners.  There is also a good group of half pound steelhead keeping the action going from both the bank and the drift boats.  River flows are low at 300 cfs at Lewiston and there has been good water color reported.

Eel River steelhead fishing

The South fork Eel River is now at very good fishing flows and good steelhead fishing is happening at the time of this report.  Flows and color are optimal now that river levels have dropped after last weeks rains.  The steelhead here are wild and fresh from 4 to 8 pounds and are being hooked on egg colored yarn balls or a small roe/puffball combo.  Best fish around the Garberville area for now but look for the lower main stem Eel River to start to fish soon especially when the South Fork drops to low and clear conditions as reported by Eel River steelhead fishing guide Dave Jacobs.


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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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