|winter steelhead fishing three rivers 2010|
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Well .. the rain has been dumping on the rivers lately and it is not looking good, most rivers are bown with a few still fishable, After the rain stops it marks the beginning of winter steelhead season, several fish have returned to the north fork nehalem and nestucca rivers. After the water levels start to drop it will be prime time for steelhead. the first two weeks of december will be good as long as the rains hold back. Most early returning fish are hatchery steelhead so rivers that generally get a good hatchery run would be a better bet. 3 rivers, a tributary of the nestucca can be a good bet early in the season , though the hatchery hole can be crowded by flossers and snaggers there are several good holes and pull outs along the road before you reach the split at the tackle shop and hwy 101. best bets for fly fisherman in this area would be nymphing a size 6 egg pattern under a strike indicator or drifting the egg pattern with a split shot and no indicator. when water levels are higher using brightly colored marabou flies or leeches could nab a fish or two. Good luck out there! possibly tomorrow and the next day i will be fishing aaron mercer reservoir for cutthroat while waiting for the rivers to drop,so expect my first winter steelhead report within two weeks.