Last week really felt like spring on the Oregon coast. Daffodils were out in force, along with fuzzy willow buds and a smattering of blue winged olive mayflies. Kelt steelhead made a strong showing, including back-to-back male kelts. I got a quick shot of one–the smallest male kelt I’ve ever seen, and a real scrapper. Catching two in one day seemed like a sign that the early-run fared well on the spawning grounds.
The nasty mud slides of the last month have all been cleared, and it was business as usual at the boat ramps. The only downside: too many dudes! Complaints came in from everywhere that people were out in force (I know I’m not helping). Here’s hoping that spring chinook runs kick in soon to divert some attention elsewhere.
In typical spring fashion, Oregon is bracing for a good snow this week. We sure need it, though it always comes with the risk of floods. Spring is our most volatile time of year, and anything goes when it comes to weather. But you can also bet that spring on the Oregon coast will bring some fancy steel, like the beauty that ended our weekend, right at reach-of-tide.