Smith River steelhead fishing guides Feb 14, 2016.

The current dry weather pattern has brought with it low and clear fishing conditions on the Smith River.  Fishing pressure has been light this week with good fishing for fresh steelhead 8 to 10 pounds.  Small light tackle is key to being successful here on the Smith with the low clear flows.  If the current weather forecast holds, returning rains on the Smith River mid week could really help improve the steelhead fishing here through the end of February.

Further North on the Chetco River,  flows are now low and clearer but the Chetco has held some good color making for good steelhead fishing overall.  Both bank and drift boat fishermen are doing good for steelhead 5 to 8 pounds with several fish this past week from 10 to 12 pounds.  Here too, side drifting small light tackle is key to getting steelhead to bite in the lower, clearer river.  Rains by mid week are expected to bring a spark in flows on the Chetco River making for much better fishing conditions through late February.

Pictured is another Northern California/Southern Oregon hatchery steelhead caught this week.  Great steelhead fishing continues here and will build through late February early March.

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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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