The Steelhead Green light
Ever since I can remember the term “Steelhead Green” has inspired myself and many local anglers to abandon everything and hit the river. There’s probably a spike in the number of people with the flu when this happens. “Sorry boss, I don’t feel well today”. We know this strain of flu. The only cure is to be on the river.
In most cases Steelhead Green occurs after some high water and the river is dropping. It’s a stage between dirty & high and low & clear. Steelhead will be happy to enter a river when it’s high and dirty. There’s awesome cover and plenty of depth. But they can’t see very well. So when the river is dropping it will tend to clear up. When it clears to that Green color the visibility is usually around 2.5 -3 ft. That’s when the magic can happen! The visibility is still cloudy enough for good cover but clear enough for fish to see your offering. Steelhead are often very aggressive at this stage.
When wanting to book a Steelhead trip this is key to keep in mind especially for locals who have the flexibility to take advantage of ideal conditions. It’s kind of like being on standby. Take advantage of it and chances are you’ll be battling some chrome river rockets.