Mid-October and we’re all waiting for the arrival of our fall steelhead run. The key trigger to push fish into the Situk seems to be water temperature. As the temp drops into the 6-4 degree C range, we see fish pushing in. That’s 43-38 degrees F for those of us that are Celsius-challenged… Once it drops much below that range, they tend to stop until we ether see a mid-winter warm spell, or the eventual spring thaw in April. Really, about 36 degrees is where everything comes to a halt for the winter for additional incoming steelhead.
As of right now, we’re still hovering about 2-3 F degrees too warm. We have been seeing the average temperature drop that much over the past week, so in another week, the trend should be right about where we want it to be. Almost there!
Looking like a November 1st start for our fall run, with it improving daily through the first half of the month. Getting closer, but no reports of any steelhead in the river yet. Chris went fishing the past couple days and hooked into a lot of silvers and dollies, with a couple resident rainbows to round things out. Also landed a gorgeous sea-run cut on Tawah last night. He thought he had a steelie that took a drifted egg, but instead it emerged as a HUGE dolly up above the bridge. Nope, not yet!