Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bent Rod Steelhead Report

Gretchen Roman on Loon Creek.
The Bent Rod Outdoors store in Challis is the steelheader's "home away from home." The Bent Rod partners with the Challis Area Chamber of Commerce to help run the annual Steelhead Derby, selling entry tickets and measuring each participant's fish.

Now that the 2013 Spring Steelhead Season is moving into high gear The Bent Rod's Gretchen Roman reported, "It sure is getting busy here!"

Gretchen and Greg and Dusty Webster graciously agreed today to begin providing periodic Steelhead Reports covering the area served by their fine outdoor store.

"Steelhead fishing in the Challis area has been good for the last couple of weeks, although we are hearing reports of slower fishing the last two days as we wait for the next surge of fish to show up, Gretchen said, adding,  "We have had reports of fish being caught all the way up to Sunbeam."

"The river is in good shape as of now," Gretchen said,  "and hopefully it will stay that way through this warmer weather we are getting."

According to Gretchen, "Nighttime temperatures are in the mid 20’s, which is helping the water to clear up over night.  There are still some big ice banks in sections, but boaters can float from the BLM launch at the bridge above town to the Challis Hot Springs, or float all the way to Watts bridge to take out.  Access below Watts is good."

"We are selling lots of beads and egg patterns already, and one certain Bent Rod employee has been catching his steelhead on night crawlers," Gretchen noted, adding,  "The diehard hardware fishermen have been doing well also."

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