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It's that time of the year when I start having anxiety attacks thinking about going after steelhead.  I should have never started, and hate to admit it, but its developed into my favorite fishing vice.  Beware young men.  Talk about dumb.  No rain.  No water.  Too much rain.  Too much water.  Not here yet.  Went through last week.  Perfect, but no bites.  Ouch, I caught one but lost it. Oh well, let me ask, has anyone driven by the Russian River?  Is the mouth open?   Any reports?  I'd call King's in Gurneyville, but I've made the drive too many times based on their recommendation.                            Thanks,

The old steelhead fool...



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Ive been fishing it, lower river water was still really dark, almost black, even when flows dropped to 500. Lots of tannins from leaves in water and i have also heard that crushed grapes from vineyards after the harvest have contributed heavily to the poor water color. Because of this, ive been fishing further up at the dry creek and riverfront accesses where at least the fish can see my fly. Not a lot of adults up there this early of course, but have gotten a few small half pounders up to 20 inches. Havent hooked an adult this year yet but hopefully itll be a good year like last years run. Rivers at 315 today unfortunately so im expecting dfg to close the river tomorrow morning as we dont have rain till next week. Good luck to you ed

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I agree that one of the major problems on the Russian River is run off from the vineyards. They use all kinds of chemicals that are harmful to steelhead. That being said I usually fish from Wohler Bridge to Dry Creek. Still a little early, but if I get an opportunity I may make the drive. Thanks for the update.

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