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North Coast: , by Drew Griffith: Act two for winter steelhead: 3 stars

Fishing on the North Coast has been hit and miss over the past few weeks with brief windows opening up between storms. The Smith River has been the best bet for finding green water and conditions have been ideal for swinging. With flows remaining on the higher side the river has been showing off its iconic emerald green color, and with it the first decent push of fish. Reports from most of the guides I talked to who were floating from the Forks down were getting into a few fish a day. The Eel River has remained largely unfishable since blowing out earlier this month, with the upper S. Fork above Benbow being the excpetion. I spent a few days poking around up there last week and while conditions were near perfect I didn't talk with anyone who had hooked up. As of right now all rivers on the coast are anticipated to be on a steady rise through the beginning of this week. The projections for the Eel are pointing to the most significant rise of the season to date, restarting the clock for any hopes of being able to fish on the lower stretches of the system for some time to come. The Smith should be a player by as soon as mid week. There is a system hot on the heels of the current one due to deliver soaking rains late on Monday into early Tuesday, after that things are looking to quiet down for now. Hopefully with the close of January and the end of the winter seasons first act we will see some respite from the wet weather and more rivers turning from brown to green. Tight lines out there! 

Great aerial shot by Dax Messett. Big mean and green,
Great aerial shot by Dax Messett. Big mean and green,
Snowy morning from one of the heaviest snowfalls during a winter steelhead season
Snowy morning from one of the heaviest snowfalls during a winter steelhead season
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Some wild mushrooms picked on the way into the run.
Some wild mushrooms picked on the way into the run.
Next 10 open days for Drew Griffith: Jan 28, 29, 30, 31, Feb 2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11
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