It's that time of year again for me to put away my river gear, and get ready for boating season.
All in all, I would rank this spring steelheading at about average for some some river systems and above average for others. Some systems seemed to hold trout longer than others, which is usually the case. Deeper rivers and those that ran colder, held more fish longer.. Lots of high water and rain right after trout opener, as well as a mild winter which allowed trout to spawn and leave systems early was the most likely cause of the limited opportunities in some systems. Picking your days and timing definitely helped put more fish on the banks..
Overall, I caught fish of all sizes from small 1 lb shakers to a few large steelhead in the 10lb+ range. One note of concern was the lack of smolt or yearling trout in some systems. Hopefully it was just the year, and this trend doesn't continue, as these are the fish of the future.
Best bait for spring 2017, was roe. Artificials also caught some fish, ie. pinkies, flies, beads, rubber eggs and others. The best spawn colour for this spring was peach and on days where the water was murky, orange was number one. My usual chartruese did not catch as many fish this year.
Here are the best colours for this spring:
That's all for this spring steelheading, here are some pics.. Enjoy!
Cheers & Happy Fishing.
A Large Buck...