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North Coast: , by Drew Griffith: hard knocks on the coast: 1 stars

The coastal steelhead season in Northern California is off to a catagorically slow start. We've had bouts of rain to bring in the first flush of chrome fish from the salt but nothing constituting a major storm so far. I've been out on several occasions since the holidays guiding and fishing for myself and have heard mixed reports from fellow guides and anglers alike. All said and done it seems like fishing has been slow up and down the coast. That being said there are fish being caught, it's just not a bonanza. A few days before the new year I got out on the water with Ken Frank from the Bay and we fished on the MS Eel. Day one saw a steady rain and light pressure from the bank with few other boats on our float. A nice grab on the hang down came easy in the first run we fished that morning, but with the exception of a small half pounder that got off in the afternoon that would be all the excitement for us. 

Looking ahead into next week it looks like someone is finally going to turn the faucet on high. Our cycle of glancing blows from storms making landfall to the north will come to an end. Some major wet weather is on tap as of this writing with chances of rain blocking out the 10 day forecast. It looks like a possible pineapple express in the works. Hopefully this will be the bugle call for our anadromous friends still milling around in the ocean waiting to get a wiff of their natal stream. As always with heavy rainfall, look to the Smith River to be a player early on. The Eel, which has been fishable since Christmas and in need of a good old fashioned gully washer will most likely be out of the picture by mid week. Stay tuned....

The anticipation is everything
The anticipation is everything
Blue bird day with Ken Frank in a good run on the Eel
Blue bird day with Ken Frank in a good run on the Eel
Old and golden on the coast
Old and golden on the coast
Next 10 open days for Drew Griffith: Jan 28, 29, 30, 31, Feb 2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11
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