Chetco Metal

Chetco River - Brookings, OR (Curry County)

by Larry Ellis

The Chetco River continued to kick out plenty of fresh incoming heavy metalheads as well as a bounty of downback steelhead heading back to sea. The ratio was about 3 downers for every fresh steelhead, and the action is expected to continue throughout the week by boat anglers deploying primarily side-drifting methods and by bank anglers using drift-fishing techniques.

Larry Ellis, author, writer, columnist and photographer has had a 50-year passion for fishing in California and Oregon's saltwater and freshwater venues. He is a well-known writer for Oregon, Washington and California Fishing and Hunting News, Northwest Sportsman, California Sportsman and Pacific Coast Sportfishing. He currently writes monthly for Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine, and is the author of two books, "Plug Fishing for Salmon" and "Buoy 10, the World's Largest Salmon Run."  Both books can be bought from Amato Publications (, Amazon and eBay. Ellis particularly loves living in his hometown of Brookings, Oregon - The heart of salmon country and gateway to fishing paradise.

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