Green Water

Smith River - Smith River, CA (Del Norte County)

Photo Credit: Mike Rasmussen

by Mike Rasmussen

The Smith River fished well today, February 5, 2017.  Steelhead fishing guide Mike Rasmussen with reports steelhead anglers for yesterday as the river swelled to just shy 19 foot. But In true Smith river fashion by this morning it was running green and on a solid drop. "The river dropped 3+ vertical feet today right in front of our eyes." Said Rasmussen.  Fishing any river on the  drop is preferred by steelhead angler and Rasmussen was quick to attribute today's success to the fact the river size doesn't matter as much as water conditions and bait placement. The weeks outlook is still very questionable as far weather is concerned. By weeks end the river will be drifting, flowing around 12ft and full of trophy coastal steelhead. Ryan Tripp from the Sacramento valley came up and landed these nice Smith River steelhead 2/5/17

Mike has called Northern California home his whole life. Fishing the streams of the eastern sierras for trout and the Russian river for steelhead as a young boy, his passion for fishing and the outdoors consumed his childhood as knowledge was gained. Attending high school in Corning, Ca, Mike also spent a great deal of time on the banks of the Sacramento river, chasing Salmon, Steelhead, American Shad and Striped Bass. Mike was fortunate enough to have been taught by some experienced guides that have since passed. Now a guide himself over the last decade, he prides himself on providing a comfortable, fun and enjoyable experience for all those he guides. You will not find another guide in Northern California as devoted as Mike and that spends the amount of time on the water as he does. It definitely shows at the end of the day when the fish are counted.

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