After weeks of dry weather the river is up. Finally.
The guides and clients are on the water. Skies are clear. From the bnb deck overlooking the point bar below the bridge, lines look tight. All seems right with the world.
Over the past 72 hours the Hiouchi weather station has tallied about 1.5″ of rain with the Smith rising a little over 2′ to a height of 8′. With the water level dropping this morning and the river sporting some good color, conditions for steelhead are absolutely prime — IF there are fish.
What passes for our town hall, the Hiouchi Hamlet, will be my source for information on whether the fish were biting and I’ll be passing by the Hamlet for gas and a fill-up of propane shortly.
Stay tuned and pray for rain (or do a dance or throw some salt over your shoulder or light a candle).