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Thread: Lots of Steelhead in the Lower American River

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    Default Lots of Steelhead in the Lower American River

    Had a fisheries biologist in the shop today who has been doing steelhead redds survey on the river between Sailor Bar and Sunrise Bridge.

    Two weeks ago the counts were low.

    Today they are about 5 time what they were two weeks ago.

    He said it was time to go and he was buying flies and thinking of hitting it with Andy Guibord.

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    Fished well below sailor bar today. A ton of people fishing in the shallows, riffles just below the bar. Isn't that where steelhead spawn? Isn't that a no-no?

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    Should be a no-no for sure....but oh well--what are you gonna do.

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    You may be right, but doesn't hurt to remind people next time I pass through.

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    Default Upper Sunrise

    There were four pairs of steelies at upper sunrise yesterday. Bright Chrome and big. The biggest steelies I have seen on the American I would guess 10-15 pounders. They have probably been snagged off by now, but it was great to see big ass steelies finning sideways on the redds.

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    Bill, did you happen to ask the biologist about why they close part of the river for salmon spawning but not for steelhead spawning?

    Does anyone know why they don't? I would interested in the answer. (and I don't mean it would have to be the same amount of river closed) -Thanks

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    I fished Upper Sunrise yesterday and could not believe my eyes went I wandered up to lower Sailor Bar. There was no less than 15 guys standing shoulder-to-shoulder on that riffle, flogging the water with spey gear.

    For all the talk that does around about leaving spawning fish alone, I was surprised. I wish they would close that section so number would improve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueracer View Post
    Bill, did you happen to ask the biologist about why they close part of the river for salmon spawning but not for steelhead spawning?

    Does anyone know why they don't? I would interested in the answer. (and I don't mean it would have to be the same amount of river closed) -Thanks
    Their private company is just hired by the government to count the Redds.
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