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: Winter Steelhead

Peter Terndrup
12-23-2006, 09:15 AM

Where to go if you want to spend time in December/january fishing Steelhead.

I have looked on the Smiths River i California. Any one who know this river??

Merry Xmas!

12-23-2006, 11:19 AM
wait another month or two and the choices open up dramatically

12-23-2006, 11:29 AM
Hey, Peter,

I'd agree with Juro that January will open more opportunities as there will be a combination of fresh and older-run fish in most of the streams.

The California Smith is an excellent steelhead stream, but very crowded.

The crowding is a definite downside, but many truly expert anglers fish the Smith, and you can learn a lot from observation.



12-23-2006, 11:32 AM
I know one thing I got steelhead fever already!

12-23-2006, 12:12 PM
I know one thing I got steelhead fever already!

my fever has turned into a coma!

Peter Terndrup
12-23-2006, 01:37 PM

Just want to spend my Christmas holiday(next year) by the river, instead of "dancing" around the Christmas tree:)

12-24-2006, 08:04 AM

The Smith is viable. The Trinity west of Redding is experiencing a "best year in a long time" run. Going there for a few days at New Years. Will post.

Ron Wilson