Pupil of the river.
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: NorCal and Southern Oregon
The Smith is the toughest river I've ever fished. The guides that fish it all winter tend to get a grab every five days... FIVE days. That's a very low prospect, even for winter steelhead. If you don't know the river, then you're odds are a lot worse. Some of this has to do with the number of drift boats fishing every day and some of it has to do with the clarity of the water. The biggest factor I think, is that some fish just aren't grabby fish. Smith River steelhead just aren't grabby to a fly, plain and simple. Despite the challenge, I usually spend anywhere from three weeks to all my time every winter there. It's that beautiful. Besides, we're steelhead fishermen. The skunk is accepted.
BTW, Fred Evans is a great guy, but I have no idea what he's even talking about...
Perhaps fishing is, for me, only an excuse to be near rivers.
Roderick L. Haig-Brown
A River Never Sleeps, 1944
Last edited by James C; 11-15-2015 at 11:12 AM.