i just started fly fishing and i live in Crescent City CA... right by the smith river... and i know its famous for salmon and steelhead but is it any good for trout??? the biggest rainbow i caught is 6inches i dont know if im doing somthing way wrong or what...anyone got any tips?? any help would be appreciated
Shawn, the Smith is known primarily as a steelhead river -- steelies are ocean-going rainbow trout. The fish you caught might well have been a steelhead smolt. That said, some of the forks and headwaters of the Smith may hold populations of resident rainbows. Seems to me exploring for 'em might be a fun adventure.
The Smith also has a population of searun cutthroat trout, but they're not easy to find.
hey thanks for the info...so if thats the case then i should probably start searching further up river away from the ocean? it splits into forks up stream... and it becomes much smaller and colder could that be a better place to find rainbows?
i just wish there was some kinda fly shop in my area, or a place that offered lessons im kinda just going by what has been working for me.
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