The Fish Sniffer - High Flows Helped Cancel Many Fishing Trips
High Flows Helped Cancel Many Fishing Trips

Written By: FishSniffer Staff, January 3, 2013
Location: Smith River,

Fishing guides will have more time for finishing touches on Christmas decorations as high flows helped cancel many fishing trips this week. 

Plunking is the name of the game during high flows.  Although the Smith dropped down to 10.7 feet on the Jed Smith gauge at 3 p.m. Wednesday, the river was predicted to continually climb for  a few days, peaking at 19 feet Sunday morning.

When it comes to plunking, Fishing guide Don Vecchetti said, “If you want a good spot you gotta get up there an hour before dark.”

Vecchetti wasn’t about giving up his plunking spots, but he said the most productive spots are downstream of the Hiouchi Bridge.

He recommended Spin-n-glos in orange scale or half chartreuse/ half red with white wings.  

“You don't necessarily need bait;  sometimes just a rig without bait or with just a shot of steelhead eggs,” he said. “But scent is important.  Shrimp scent is always a good bet plunking or side drifting.”

Guides hoped to have drift boats back on the Smith by Sunday or Monday.

Adam Spencer Triplicate Staff/Del Norte County

Fishing guide contacts: E.B. Duggan “D” Fishing Guide at 530-629-3554; Don’s Reel Time Guide Service at 707-487-2309; Jim Mitchell of Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips at 707-464-8482; Tally Ho Sportfishing at 707-464-1236.

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