I’m not ready to call the 2017 season as over… It has been pretty dismal so far with the extreme cold, but we keep seeing warming in the forecast. At some point, the weather forecasts have to be right. They can’t be wrong every time, can they? Nevermind… I didn’t ask that.
Last night while I ran to town. Cory stopped in to give us a report (as translated by Teen…):
Came in Friday, fished Saturday, took Sunday off and Fished today (Monday).
Lower river is frozen over.
# in group: 4.
Report: super slow
Fished: 9 mile primarily. Hiked to the meadow most days, and (believe) one day walked to the confluence.
Today: Landed 6 (between 4 people).
Fish: very lethargic
Made very clear, SUPER SLOW.
The “today” in the report is really yesterday and you can see why they landed 6 in the water temp graph and not the day before:
Water temp crashed at 9 Mile to 32.5F and the lower river froze over. Yikes! But yesterday and today, the temperature climbed dramatically and although we’re still right at freezing today, yesterday came up a couple degrees above. Partly clear skies right now, but with an occasional flurry of snow and sleet. Here is the forecast through the holiday weekend:
The weekend doesn’t look so hot, but a warming trend is on the way INCLUDING RAIN through most of next week. Anyone who has put off their steelhead trip hoping to see this kind of a trend should be happy. But it actually has to happen… We’ve seem these promises before, only to have the rug yanked out from under us…
Flow is down to just 109CFS. Without this rain coming, I would stick a fork in the season and give up. If the rain comes, we’ll have some mighty good fishing. Keep an eye on that forecast!