We're in the middle of the driest December ever here on the North Coast. However, steelhead are starting to pile up in the lower sections of all our rivers and there is rain in the forcast just after Christmas time. I believe fishing will be incredible after we get some water. These fish have got to be ready to go. I have a few days left available in January: 1-3, 9, 17, 30, 31. With the rain forcasted to start about the 26th, those first few days in January should be great, get them while they're still around!
The picture above is client Tyler Carmichael with the first winter steelhead caught in my boat this season. It was on the Eel River early this month and latched on to a big salmon plug. Plenty more of those to come!