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Salmon River Steelhead Fishing - Jan. 2021

Hello everyone! I hope your year is off to a great start so far. It is my intention with this post to give a little recap on the Fall of 2020, as well as an update on the fishing conditions on the Salmon River this past week.


This fall we were plagued with low water for the entire salmon season. The river ran at 185cfs (below Fall regulated minimum flows) from September until early November. This put a halt on our drift boat trips down the river, but we ended up transitioning to fishing the Estuary with spinning gear and we had a banner year. For my die hard fly rod anglers, we waded secluded sections of the Salmon River and found our fair share as well. Thank you to all who came out and made it such a special season!



Salmon River Estuary Coho Salmon
Salmon River Estuary Coho Salmon

Now, for a quick update on the Steelhead fishing! The week of Christmas, the Salmon River experienced a large high water situation with roughly 5,000cfs of water flowing at Pineville. This "flood" did its job to help push fresh Steelhead up the river and into the runs and riffles that we love to fish. We experienced tough fishing due to changing flows, but since the river has stayed at 350cfs for about a week now, the fishing is picking up and is very steady. On an average day we are having 5-10 hook ups and landed 3-5 fish a day. For the Salmon River during mid winter, those numbers aren't too shabby. Once we push into February, I am positive those numbers will only increase. I will post an update in a few weeks to share with you how we have been making out on the river. I have openings from now until April so be sure to reach out and we will hook you up!!



Salmon River Winter Steelhead

Good luck out on the water and most importantly be safe while wading! Always fish with a buddy during the winter. Fish on!!! - Andrew

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