Rain, rain and more rain. While it has wiped out a good chunk of March's steelhead fishing, I'm glad to have it. The South Fork Eel has flirted with fishable a few times in the past couple weeks only to have the next system roll in and knock it out again. The Smith River has had some fishable days and was actually pretty good considering the time of year. While I have a ton of confidence fishing our southern rivers (Eel, Mad, Mattole) this late in the season, fishing up north can be a little hit or miss in March and I tend to avoid it. Despite my reservations, the Smith has been giving up decent numbers with some bright fish still in the mix. As of today the river is again on the rise and will be back out of commission. For me, this series of storms will officially mark the end of winter steelhead season. I'm getting striper gear in order and starting to think about drifting live baits for Sacramento River striped bass. The rain is exactly what we needed to suck fish out of the delta and it should be hot fishing as soon as things settle in.