The Fish Sniffer - Waders Battle Steelhead In Low, Clear Conditions
Waders Battle Steelhead In Low, Clear Conditions

Written By: Dan Bacher, January 6, 2014
Species: Steelhead
Location: Smith River,

Winter steelhead are showing in good numbers in the Smith River, but most anglers are wading to hook the fish.

Fishermen and guides have to drag the drift boats through the shallow spots in the river to get to the holes, riffles and runs where the steelhead are holding. Anglers are then wading out to hook the fish in the fast white water.

“Paul Trumble reported landing two 16 pounders below the Highway 101 Bridge while drifting roe/puffball combos,” said Phil Desautels of Phil’s Smiling Salmon Guide Service. “The fish are averaging 7 to 12 pounds.”

The river was flowing at only 850 cfs at press time. “When we get some rain, the fishing should really get going,” said Desautels.

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