Much to read About

September 16th, 2014

Well, a big news day for the plight of the North Coast and steelhead, some directly and others not so much:

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2014/sep/15/worlds-collide-eureka-rotary-hosts-meeting-cannabi/

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2014/sep/15/ich/

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2014/aug/8/local-tribes-discuss-water-shortages-and-potential/

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2014/sep/16/bor-releases-more-trinity-water-response-appearanc/

Last article is an old one but relevant….

Klamath and Trinity

September 11th, 2014

Hi, Back again on my observations of early season.

As for the Klamath and Trinity, this is what we know:

Start of gill rot due to warm water and lack of flow, this is a contagious disease.

Yes the powers that be did release water to initiate flow and cool the waters

Algae bloom is bigger than has ever been recorded.

Numbers of fish going through the wier’s is less than impressive

Yes, it is still early

Ok, knowing all of that we also know that the flows will not be maintained, they were an initial bump to cool things off, Trinity Lake is dangerously low… With all the speculation of lack of water in all of the steelhead rivers (local) will mean that the Trinity will be a zoo, with a number of un-permitted guides, fishermen on every rock, etc, taking on fish that have been taxed extensively by maintaining in warm, low water.

What does this mean for the guy that wants to fish?  Combat fishing, especially on the Trinity with little or no enforcement.  Keep in mind that the Salmon Restoration Project continues to fill good steelhead runs and holes.  Meaning fishermen are getting bottlenecked into fewer and fewer spots.  I know this sounds doom and gloom but it is a reality and we as stewards of the rivers we love should keep this in mind when we are thinking of places to go.

Been a While

September 9th, 2014

Hi All,

Well I have dropped the ball on keeping up with the blog but I am back on line now.  I have a bit to say so I will take a few days to do it in.

As for the summer, it went great and would like to express my gratitude to The Lodge at Palisades Creek for hosting me again (www.TLAPC.com).  In irwin Idaho, or the region there is not a more professional or accommodating lodge / outfitter.  We had the busiest season to date this year due to receiving the Orvis Lodge of the Year Award for 2014, quite an accomplishment.  Not only that it was a high water year (read plenty), thus the fishing was phenomenal.  The river ran 13500CFS tip the beginning of August.  June was an indicator game but once things came off in the beginning of July, they did in force.

Congrats to Dan Kowalski for the 23″ brown, had many browns and cutties at 20-22″ and the prize of the year went to Bobby Middleton (first time fly fisher) for the 25″ cutty.  I had a couple of 70-100 fish days with some really hot sticks in the boat.  The weather was very mild this year, though we did have quite a bit of rain in August, making for some great fishing once it cleared.

Now I am back in school, taken aback by how dry it is here in our rain forrest (redwoods), my lawn is dead, and it is more dry than I have seen since moving up here.  There is much speculation about what this years steelhead season will be like (i.e. NONE), hard to say.

We were to have a El Nino season but now that is not happening.  Everything from Reno east is getting plenty of rain, but we are not.  There are some things flying about the internet that the Eel is dry in spots, as the Van Duzen is the same.  Well it is partly true.  The van Duzen is no longer flowing into the Eel, there is about 1000 yards of riverbed at the mouth, and the Eel does have dry riverbed at East Ferry.  Yes, there is no water on top, but it is flowing underground according to a fisheries biologist I talked to.

Do not get me wrong, it is dire if we do not receive water in October but right now is too early to speculate.  We usually do not get a good rain until late Oct most years.  The water on the SF is crazy warm with an algae bloom like I have never seen, but the fish are hardy and we can hope for the best.

Next time I will post about the Trinity and Klamath

DFW Press release

February 7th, 2014

http://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2014/0…close-angling/

It is official, yet we are to get a big storm this weekend and to those that I called off for the month I apologize, but when I called you off the 30 day forecast had nothing in it.  That being said I am not sure if it will be enough.  The ground is dry and will soak up much of what we get.

I agree with DFW decision, though there were some unscrupulous types out last week before the meeting and they did do well.  Yet they did well on very stressed fish in puddles.  Not a good decision for those that care about fisheries in years to come.

Stay in tune and I will let you know what is going on as far as weather is concerned.

Latest News

January 29th, 2014

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2014/jan/29/drought-causes-some-north-coast-rivers-closed-fish/

In short, coastal rivers are CLOSED to low flows to protect steelhead and salmon.  I agree with their decision whole heartedly.

Keep in tune for other related news.

A good listen if interested:

http://ijpr.org/post/pot-vs-fish-can-we-grow-salmon-friendly-weed

The impact of marijuana grows on local waters has been a serious concern over the past few years.  give it a listen…

Is there no hope:

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2014/jan/30/its-official-humboldts-drought-conditions-now-cons/

Oh Boy, wanna buy a canteen?

January 23rd, 2014

Here is an update regarding current river conditions…

As most of you know, we have had only four days of open river since the beginning of the season (October), the rest of the time the rivers have been closed due to low flows.  We are down approximately 30+ inches of rain for the season and things are bleak.  Low flow closures are typically lifted Jan 31and the rivers remain open for the remainder of the season.  That being said, DFW is holding a special meeting Feb 5 to determine whether or not to close the rivers for the remainder of the season or to open them up.  Rumors I am hearing is that if we do not receive any rains by the 5th, they will close the rivers.

As of right now Accuweather is claiming 1/2-1″ Feb 3,4,5; Will that be enough…I doubt it…What little precipitation we have had has been soaked up by the ground and missed the rivers all together.

Right now the Trinity, Smith, Klamath and Chetco are the only games in town.  The Klamath and Trinity is more crowded than I have EVER seen it.  Smith and Chetco are being threatened to low flow closures.  Probably this week is what I hear.

Global Warming Anyone?

January 2nd, 2014

Well, the driest year in recorded history for the North Coast, we are down 33 inches for this time of year, yes 33″ of precipitation.  Not only that, PG&E has been allowed to reduce flows out of Lake Pillsbury from the mandated 100cfs to encourage the inflow of Salmon down to a never been done 25cfs.  The Van Duzen mouth is reduced to a trickle and will be dry soon.

Long range forecast is not promising either.  Very little rain is predicted for the month of January, not enough to open the rivers.  We can be hopeful though, we say that only fools and new comers predict the weather around here….

On a side note, the Trinity is fishing a bit better than early season, the fishing is a bit more consistent yet the river is getting pounded due to it being the only game in town.  There are many boats and fishermen on the water at any given time.

What this means for upcoming seasons no one is sure specifically, though it is not promising.  The weather here in Ferndale has been cold, not warming the water too much for the spawn, but in the upper reaches of the river there is a question as to whether or not the spawn will be able to return to the sea if the rivers do not come up.

I will be doing some trout trips to go play and tying flies until the rains come.

Date Availability with Discount!

December 3rd, 2013

Hi all, no rain yet but I have had a couple of cancellations and would like to offer them up at a discounted rate:

$300 per day, lodging included if you book two or more days consecutively.

Dec 27, 28, 29

Jan FILLED

This is Getting Old

November 23rd, 2013

Hi all, well we did get two inches of rain and it was enough to open the rivers for………..wait for it………..its coming…………..TWO DAYS!

Trinity:  Still very tough, low, clear, and getting pounded.

Rogue:  Fishing on the tough side but better than the Trinity.  Stay high, from the hatcher down to Touvelle.  Good luck

Eel and Van Duzen:  We saw a boat load of salmon push through the days that the river was open and got a little flow.  Though there were few very bright fish, I am assuming they were holding in the 12th street area, we need more rain and nothing is in the forecast.  Do a rain dance, burn effigies, something!

Nothing New

October 21st, 2013

Trinity:  The Trinity remains tough, definitely not like last year.  There are fish in the system, not many and they are very spread out.  I’d like to say its getting better but the reality is the fish are just trickling in and will continue to do so until we get a good rain, not in the forecast though.

Klamath:  The Klamath remains the best game in town but that is not saying much.  The fish are a bit more concentrated but it is really a game of halfounders.

Coast:  The Coast remains closed until we get a good rain.  If you are willing a fisherman could go into tidewater and do pretty good.  From Cockrobin Island down there are plenty of fish waiting to get into the river.

Do a rain dance!!!!