December dawned with the advent of a major high pressure weather system that has persisted into the middle of the month. Rivers everywhere are at summer levels. As usual on the coast, timing has been everything. Early in the month, as levels dropped out of prime bait-fishing range, fly angling for winter chinook salmon got as good as you could want it to be on certain late season fisheries.
Check some more images from the recent salmon action here:
Now at mid-month, the rivers are uber-low, making the king fishing considerably less compelling. Without some significant rain soon, we may have seen the best of the season already. However, when the rains do come, the kings will come, and winter steelhead will again be ascending all of the favored streams of the Oregon Coast.