'Fill the bottom of the shower with ice
cubes, step in, and turn on the cold water as much as as you can!' is a
oft-told saying depicting a day of winter steelhead fishing. While the
weather is usually less than perfect, it rarely fits this description.
While your trip will likely NOT resemble
a hop into a sauna, if you dress appropriately, it isn't all that bad,
especially in the latter part of the season.
Most of our conventional tackle fishing
takes place from the boat, which does have a nice propane heater for you up
front to help keep you comfortable.
Rico gets to see the meaning of
'two-tone cruiser' close up!
Just remember to dress in several layers (the boats have
dry storage if you want to take something off), and come prepared for rain.
Waterproof footwear is highly recommended. Our winter highs are usually in
the low 40's, rising to the low 50's by March.
Traveling by an 'oar-powered' 17 foot driftboat
or custom raft, you
will float through the numerous pools, runs, and rapids (class III+ on some
of the floats) of the rainforest river valleys. While there are
numerous deer, elk, bear, and cougar in the area, glimpses of these critters are infrequent.
However, we usually see
lots of Bald eagles, herons, Harlequin ducks, and river otters on our floats.
A little fun in-between fishing holes!
|Depending upon the time of the year,
we will usually meet well before sun-up at a local restaurant for breakfast and then head
out to the river. Which river we choose to fish depends upon water flows, time of year, tackle choices, and river
traffic. Through most of the season, with an early morning start, we will fish until
mid-afternoon, unless we are catch-and-keep fishing for hatchery fish, in which we will
finish up when we limit.
All of your tackle is
provided, or feel free to bring your own if you wish. Just let us know when
you book and we'll be happy to make recommendations.
All you need are warm clothes and a
fishing license (click here for info). We run only the finest equipment: including G. Loomis, Sage,
North Fork Composites (Fetha Styx assembled) rods designed for each fishing
application and Shimano, Daiwa, Lamson & Ross reels.
One of the greatest things about steelhead fishing is the
opportunity to effectively fish for them with such a variety of techniques:
swinging flies, nymphing flies, float fishing, backtrolling, driftfishing
artificials or bait, hardware fishing and more!
If the fish slides out of your
hands before you can get a pic on a snowy day ... improvise!
|We vary our fishing
upon customer desires and water conditions. We tend to keep things as
hands-on as possible (meaning little backtrolling, unless
requested). If you'd like to fish a
particular way, we're more than happy to accommodate your request
where feasible, just let us know. It's YOUR day!
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