Eel river

eel river steelhead fishing

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What to say about the Eel river…

Well, this river this year is a whole different  ball game than last year! Last year had fewer fish but the fish we caught were in the mid teens. This year we seem to be back to the old Eel river it once was.  An average of 8 to 12lbs fish going up to the low teen’s. Cold mornings and the usual 15-20 mph winds are making things interesting on the old Eel river! When we hook one its the same routine, screaming runs, toppled with 900’s out of the water, then running to any snag to break you off.  I must say, there is something to be said  about catching winter run steelhead in the old growth redwoods!!

The river herself is holding a great color and slowly dropping. We can thank the cold weather three weeks ago that brought a pile of snow in the surrounding mountains. This big water can make you scratch your head when it comes to making a decision on were to cast your lines. I feel the right move in these situations is TAKE YUOR TIME!! This being said, ” Keep it reel” and grind it out.

Having no rain in the near forecast is  scary to any steelhead fisherman! I think the weather these days is soooooo  unpredictable, expect anything! I will be sticking to my guns and working as hard as I can to make it happen for my clients, friends and courteous boaters. I will be fishing where ever the fish bring me, so stay in tuned and always “Keep it reel”!

 

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Eel River Steelhead

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DSC-0513Fishing on the Eel River the past few days has been slow to ok, but by no means is it over for the north coast this year! We are getting a few fresh fish, mixed with down runners.

I was fortunate to fish with a good client again, Jared who always seems to make the time go by with a good attitude and solid hook sets! He made the day early in the morning with a solid fifteen pound plus steelhead!

Weather is due to hit the coast on Wednesday. Precipitation levels are anywhere from one inch to three inches. I will be fishing through the weekend, or until the conditions push me off the river!

MicahEel River Steelhead
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Eel River Fishing

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The rain is finally here!! The past few days has been a consistent steady rainfall. According to my local rain gage, its rained 1.5 inches and there is much more to come! There will be a lull mid week but around Thursday another storm is due to hit the North Coast.

The weather has had no effect on the fish coming into the river systems. This year the numbers and size are baffling in all the rivers I have fished. The fish are coming in all colors and sizes! The past week has and will have a everlasting effect in my memory for one of the most legendary fishing years I’ve experienced. I can’t tell you the last time the grade of fish has been so large. I feel without some of the fishing gear that Mad River Manufacturing has to offer, we would have not put together the past several epic days of fishing! Thanks MRMF staff.

Fishing hard the past week on the local rivers has been very productive! WE have had a great average in size and numbers. My biggest fish was in the mid to high teens! Getting geared up for the next fishing trip on Monday has never seemed to be so far away! My curiosity is eating away at me… I can’t wait!

For all the Steelhead junkies out there… It is game on!

Micah

P.S. Don’t forget That ”Bent Rods And Big Smiles Is Our Quest”.IMG-2565

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Waiting for Rain

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The fishing has slowed down at the moment in Northern California,and Southern Oregon! We are waiting for more rain to bring in new fish to the river systems. Douglas and Junction city on the Trinity river still has some decent Steelhead fishing. Most of the fish are coming on small nymphs,and egg patterns! The fish are slightly lethargic due to cold temperatures.
There is some weather in the forecast due to hit the coast mid week. Its hard to say what the weather gods have in store for us! If the weather cooperates we will see more King Salmon entering the Chetco,Eel,and the Van Duzen rivers systems. Early winter run Steelhead have already shown their presence in the Mad,and Eel rivers. Most of the Steelhead are in the 3 to the 4 lb. range! The low flow closures are in effect on the Eel,Van Duzen,and Mad rivers due to limited rainfall.

MicahWaiting for Rain
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