Coquille River (South Fork)

Chasing Steelhead in high off-color water can make things difficult

Chasing Steelhead in high off-color water can make things difficult

Lots and lots of rain this season has made Winter Steelheading a challenge. It seems that just as the rivers start to drop into decent levels and clarity for fishing, in comes another storm along with another deluge of water to muddy things up. If Mother Nature waves her wand and gives you a short opportunity, you better take it as it might just be a one day squeeze.

WISHING YOU ALL FUN, GOOD HEALTH & CONTENTMENT IN THE NEW YEAR

WISHING  YOU ALL FUN, GOOD HEALTH & CONTENTMENT IN THE NEW YEAR

As we slide into the New Year, our fishing focus transitions as well. Time to say Good Bye to our 2016 Salmon season and embrace the on-coming 2017 Winter Steelhead season. My guests yesterday who were out visiting from Texas got a taste for some winter chrome as we stumbled into several fresh winter-runs.

March can be a Special Month for Winter Steelhead Fishing on Oregon's Coastal Rivers

March can be a Special Month for Winter Steelhead Fishing on Oregon's Coastal Rivers

Large Winter Steelhead are often available in the Month of March. Once in a while everything comes together with dropping river levels after a freshet and even some sunshine can all cumulate into magical March memories. Meanwhile, such rivers as the Umpqua and the Columbia are among the large systems already producing the coveted Spring Chinook salmon.

Winter Steelheading Moves into Full Swing. Many Rivers will peak from late January through February.

Winter Steelheading Moves into Full Swing.  Many Rivers will peak from late January through February.

The aerial displays and burning runs these fish can provide can be absolutely mind boggling. We had 1 fish take to the air no less than ten times. At times the fish was 5 feet in the air with multiple somersaults!

Most of our Coastal Rivers now have Winter Steelhead on Tap

Most of our Coastal Rivers now have Winter Steelhead on Tap

As we sadly say goodbye to our Fall-Winter Chinook Season, we happlily transition into our Winter Steelhead Season.

Roaring Fork Guide Service wishes you All the Best in 2015!

Winter Steelhead Fishing Will Continue through March and Even April on Certain River Systems

Winter Steelhead Fishing Will Continue through March and Even April on Certain River Systems

Certain Oregon rivers allow for an extended winter steelhead season beyond the standard March 31 closure on designated portions. Some are even open year-round to steelhead fishing.