This past weeks nasty weather brought rivers up and out of their banks. Those rivers have come back down to “fishable” conditions and this weeks trends inland and on the coast are pretty good. It’s been an outstanding Winter Steelhead year with some of the best returns of the past decade. The Siuslaw and Lake Creek continue to fish well. The North Umpqua is a tinge high but should fish well this week. Siletz and Alsea Rivers will be in excellent condition. The forecast isn’t for sunshine but it’s not going to dump cats and dogs out there either. With little pressure and this big surge of water coastal streams across the state will be prime for a last shot at some Winter Steelhead.
Trout fishing prognosis is looking good as well. Rivers are not going to drop into Summer levels any time soon but the McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette are green today and will fish. Nymphing with large stones and smallish droppers will be best, but do keep your eyes out for the late afternoon March Brown emergence.