Monday, December 9, 2:02 p.m. PST
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What to Expect in December
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Hatchery winter steelhead are entering the system, and there are probably still some coho around (but they're getting dark). Look for the coho in the canyon below the second hatchery.
A sink-tip line and some Steelhead Bunnies or After Dinner Mints could pick up a steelhead for you. Do your steelhead fishing in the lower five miles.
The Kalama flows east-to-west, and the south bank is high. This keeps the water cold, and water temperatures under 40 degrees are standard for winter; bring your sink-tips or your indicators.
There is no river gage on the Kalama, but you can use the East Fork of the Lewis as a surrogate. Just be aware that the East Fork drops and clears faster than the Kalama. If there's a storm, wait to fish here until the East Fork has dropped to normal levels for a couple of days. You can also call Prichard's (360-673-4690), which is on the river about five miles from I-5. They do a daily (mostly) recorded fishing/river report. Keep in mind, however, that they are oriented to gear anglers, who can tolerate higher flows than most fly fishers can deal with.
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Other Info Sources
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The Greased Line Fly Shoppe 360-573-9383
Mahaffey's On the River 360-673-4488
Prichard's Western Anglers 360-673-4690
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