Smith and Chetco steelhead fishing 1-3-2016.

The past holiday steelhead fishing week was fantastic on both the Smith and Chetco Rivers.  Both rivers have been fishing very good after the high waters just before Christmas and both have dropped into fishable shape.  Both bank and drift bot fishermen are bringing in the early run of steelhead 5 to 16 pounds.  The Smith River has produced the bigger steelhead this past week but he Chetco has produced great catching numbers of 4 to 8 steelhead a day with a great mix of hatchery and wild steelhead.  The best bets on the Chetco River have been side drifting yarn/puffball combos or roe/puffball combos for steelhead 4 to 12 pounds. With the lower water on the Chetco most steelhead are being caught very close to the North Fork and has been very good for the bank and drift boat fishermen all week/weekend.  Over on the Smith River,  steelhead are spread throughout the entire river system even high on both the South and Middle forks for the bank fishermen.  The drift boats have been catching steelhead from the forks downriver to Ruby this week on yarn/puffball combos or roe/puffball combos.  Both the Smith and Chetco are forecasted to get some more good rain this week rising both rivers, steelhead fishing should build through the rest of January and into early February.

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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.