Well we’ve made it through mid February and I’d say everyone can breathe easy because we’re on the downside now. We’ll still get cold temps and a few storms but it’s supposed to be in the 40′s by the end of the week and it won’t be long before we’re able to get back on the water. I think this is the first winter in years I haven’t fished in over 2 months due to rivers being completely frozen. I’ve been tying a lot of streamers in anticipation of pulling bugs and completely over looked a few critical additions to the steelhead boxes.
Over the next few weeks salmon will start hatching in our rivers from eggs that were deposited last fall. When these little guys finally show themselves its a buffet for steelhead going into the spawn. The BBC is always a good choice to have in the box this time of year.