River levels spike up, could it be good?

Western Oregon’s river levels went straight up this weekend. Warm rain and low elevation snow melt were the cause.

Here is my positive spin. We get one more chance for another push of winter steelhead. Rivers like the North Umpqua have yet to reach historical normal levels and this rain should move those fish up into the fly water.

  When levels and clarity come back, water temperatures will be higher and trout fishing will be on, assuming all the March Brown nymphs are not in one big eddie near Corvallis.

Small coastal rivers will be in shape late Monday or Tuesday. The Mckenzie and upper Willamette should fish by late Wednesday. –CD

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