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Ever wonder what fishing guide’s do when they have time off? They go fishing!
Most folks would think that guides get their fill of fishing, but in reality, guides spend most of their time “around” fishing, but not wetting a line themselves. During “prime time”, guides are busy guiding. That means rowing the boat, instructing, untangling line, re-rigging gear, netting fish, tying files, washing the boat, maintaining gear, etc. etc. When they’re off the water, they’re doing presentations at fly shops, club meetings or events.
My winter steelheading is about to come to an end here on the Little North Santiam. The fish will be pairing up and starting to spawn next month. That’s my signal to leave them be so that we will continue to see good runs in future years.
It’s been a great season. Beginning in late November, the Little North dropped into shape and some steelhead moved in. As usual, a summer hatchery fish or two followed the winter natives in and I was able to mark my tag and put one in the freezer.
With the holidays approaching and winter creeping upon us, I’ve got the itch for Winter Steelheading. This is my time of year to fish. The phone at the guide service stops ringing and fly anglers sit down at the vise to tie up their own (instead of ordering flies from me), so it gets a little slow. I couldn’t ask for anything more. I like the free time. It gives me a chance to work on new patterns AND a chance to test them.
Blue skies and dropping water levels add up to a great time to go fishing. The Santiam system is in great shape!
North Santiam River Report – 05/04/2011
The North Santiam River is in great shape right now. Look for stable conditions with minor fluctuations depending on rain. Fish counts are still rising and the latest storms have been bringing in fresh fish. Summer steelhead are being caught as far up as Mehama.
Species: Rainbow, Cutthroat, Steelhead, Chinook Salmon
Hatches: Blue Winged Olive, Speckled Caddis
All three rivers we report on took a spike over the weekend after the last batch of rain. The Little North Santiam took the biggest beating, rising to nearly 6,000 cfs on Saturday. This pushed the North Santiam up to nearly 10,000 cfs. By Tuesday, the North should be back under 4,500 and very fishy.
Speaking of fish, the counts are continuing to climb as reported at Willamette Falls. Through April 12, 61 Spring Chinook, 1,301 Summer Steelhead and 6,214 Winter Steelhead have passed the Falls. It’s shaping up to be a great year!