Guided Fly and Spey Fishing Trips for Steelhead and Brown Trout with
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|Posted on December 11, 2017 at 1:10 PM|
Art with a mid 30's incher
Sorry for the lack of reports over the past few weeks, but Thanksgiving and moving has been keeping me busy. Anyways, fishing remains really good. Art came back up for another trip. Needed a few more steelhead to tide him over until spring! And we checked out a number of spots. Fish in all of the usual places. We're seeing a mix of fresh chromers and colored up fish that have been in the rivers a while, so that's nice. Also finding a few XL's in the rivers too. Over the weekend we got 2 in the mid 30's length and low teen's weight. Haven't seen this many fish up to around 35-36" that I can ever remember as we have in 2017. They aren't everywhere, and the average fish seems to still be between 26 and 27" but the big bucks are around if you see enough fish. We lost a couple and landed one in the spring and lost a couple and landed a couple here in the fall. So those back to back warm winters and long growing seasons are starting to pay off.
I even got to swing up a fish on the Catt that Art netted like a pro. Right now the flow is good but the water is really cold. The fish I swung up ate in 33 degree water. If you want to swing, fish the slowest water possible where you can still get a swing. Consider using a lighter tip to really allow swinging slow water, and fish far back into the shallow tailouts. In cold water black and blue have been my best producer, and surprise surprise the fish on Saturday at the whiskey hangover.
Looking ahead, we have some really cold weather moving through in the next few days. This will cause some ice problems on the smaller creeks, but we should be able to get through it. By next weekend the weather looks like it's back in the upper 30's and low 40's. Snowmelt may also cause some problems though, especially if there is some rain. But the fishing is still really good, and should stay that way until we do get locked up with ice for the season (if it happens).
Enjoy the rest of the pics, and tight lines
Art locked on
Me with another one of Art's toads
Art even let me swing one up