Winter’s Here

Guide Todd Puett found winter chrome for his client

Today marked the beginning of winter. It definitely feels like it temperature wise, but the precipitation has been MIA. The lack of rain has left all the rivers extremely low and clear, but that hasn’t stopped the winter steelhead from entering.

Fishing for winter steelhead is very tough right now due to the conditions. However, luckily for anglers, the run appears to be very strong this year. That has caused enough fish to enter rivers like the Chetco and Umpqua for you to find some chrome.

The low, clear conditions require tactics that anglers would be more accustomed to using while chasing summer steelhead. Using light line, and small presentations is the way to go. Side drifting small bits of roe, using dark colored jigs, or pulling small plugs can all be effective. The fish will be very skittish and not spooking them is the key to success.

Currently the lower Umpqua, and Chetco are fishing the best, but the Rogue and other coastal streams all have fish in them. Everyday we go without rain the fishing becomes tougher, but that could change next week. A storm is forecast to hit Southern Oregon sometime around Christmas, and bring the much needed precipitation.

A lower Umpqua winter steelhead by guide Don Grieve

The fishing will improve no matter how much rain we get, but if we can get a decent flush, it could be lights out. You’ll want to hit the rivers as soon as they drop and clear enough to fish, and you may just find that winter chrome on the end of your own line.

Tight Lines….

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