Freeze my nards off for Steelhead

#1
Planned to head East this weekend for some more Steelhead action - temps are high of ~30 and teens at night + snow. No problem for us but thoughts on how this will effect the fishing?

I'm just concerned it might put them off initially as they adjust...but maybe its been cold and they've already adjusted to the lower temps. I'll post a report when I'm back, hope no one goes for a swim this time, 30 degrees is a different ball game no matter how much whiskey is in the flask.
 
#2
When water temps drop, fish become less active. Consequently, fishing usually gets tougher. Be sure to check the flows. I doubt the Wenatchee will be wade able and the Methow is borderline right now.
 

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
#3
I don't mind being cold (I like it actually) but fishing any river that drains the east side if the cascades when winter is setting in is CRazzY!
 
#5
It depends of where you are fishing honestly and river temps are the most important to look at. Still air temp in the 30's and river temps the same you can have some good fishing. We had some great fishing last November on two rivers with similar conditions and we even got them on drylines.
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#7
River temps on the Methow when they drop will put what little fish are in there off. Once things stabilize a bit and stay consistent they should be ok. Good luck.
 

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
#9
Oh I wasn't talking about to cold to fish, that's nonsense in my book. I just meant the air temps can drop from "cold" to "are you f****ing kidding me?" in the winter. I've caught fish on the swing in December over here, when it was snowing. I just wont say where :p
 

daveypetey

Active Member
#10
Fished the NF of the Stilly with my absolute rudimentary knowledge of steelhead. No tugs, but I did talk to some other fisherman who said they had seen and felt nothing all day. We all blamed it on the quick temp change. Who knows....???
 

PT

Physhicist
#11
Fished the NF of the Stilly with my absolute rudimentary knowledge of steelhead. No tugs, but I did talk to some other fisherman who said they had seen and felt nothing all day. We all blamed it on the quick temp change. Who knows....???
I'd blame it on being the middle of November and the NF has an abysmal run of steelhead. I doubt it had much to do with the weather.
 

Jeremy Floyd

fly fishing my way through life
#12
The Stilly should be picking up, well as much as it does anyways.. I always loved the last two weeks of November. It was fun to reconnect with my home river after being out of town guiding for the previous 4 months.
 
#13
If youre fishing below deer creek youre pretty much targeting chums and coho.....If youre fishing C-post to Fortson, you are targeting hatchery steelhead. The river is up, the nights are cold, and all the deer creek fish are in deer creek by now
 

Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#14
I'm not sure what you're looking at. 3200 cfs is way too high for wading.
Ditto. I checked out some spots at yesterday at lunch/midafternoon. The water is well into the bushes. The normal seams didn't exist and the awesome soft water runs were raging torrents. You will have be very careful wading and figure new spots at these levels. I did see one wader angler but at these levels, where they were fishing was probably just casting practice.