Most of the north coast rivers are suffering from lack of rain. Several are
closed. Parallel to US 101 is the wonderful "Avenue of the Giants" which
gives one many access points to the Eel River. The South Fork is still
closed; but further to the north you can fish the main stem. Lots of small
towns along this route. You don't find near as many inns and such
anymore. In the town of Rio
Dell, there is a hardware store on your left
driving north. The owner is a great source of fishing info.
You should google "Eureka Times-Standard" and scroll down to find
Kenny Priest's "Fishing the North Coast." He updates (weekly) the
fishing conditions and which rivers are open/closed.
December is usually a very wet month for the north coast. Here in San
Diego, we're above average rainfall for the season - almost 5 " - which is more than much of the north coast. Go figure.
Steelheaders are still doing fairly well on the Trinity; but, that's a day's drive
Best to you,