Steelheading can be difficult with the continuous days of bitter freezing temperatures, pick your days and fish the warmest hours for best results.
February and March brings warmer air and water temperatures. Mid March is the beginning for good to excellent fly and spey fishing. Once the runoff occurs this can be extremely difficult and unsafe fishing.
Mid Feb-March are also good bets for fishing.
Timing is important to help insure safe and
fishable flows during this time of year.
| Outstanding steelhead fishing can be enjoyed during
this time of year when the high water recedes to safe and fishable flows. Spey flies, nymphs, streamers and wet flies will do the
trick. Book your trip as
early as possible because these prime five fly fishing weeks fill fast. Recently, the fishing, the flows and the weather has
been great starting around the mid Marchl for offering wading and drift boat trips for good flyfishing, leading into Prime Time. Starting early April into early May and may remain good beyond, pending temps. |
Weather permitting, steelhead fishing can remain fair into June as
long as you are willing to put in the extra effort and take in a day of
hiking the Salmon River. Usually any major down pour, which raises the
early summer's lower flows, will entice some nice Skamanies and Atlantic
Salmon and maybe even a few Kings to enter these tributaries of Lake
Ontario. Mid September, you can usually count on the King and Coho
salmon to start showing up regularly. But until then, it can be hit or
miss, so it's best to call before making your fishing arrangements.
| By mid September it's usually Salmon, Salmon, and More Salmon
everywhere! Then Steelhead showing early October with the better runs materializing in early November and remains outstanding through December. Fishing dates fill fast during this time and I prefer week days. If weekends are your time, don't worry, the fish are still here. Booking your trip early is advisable
to insure lodging and your guided date.