North of Klamath and Crescent City, the Smith River is a premier chinook salmon fishery and is also known for steelhead. The 175 mile Smith is the longest undammed river in the state. Its headwaters are in the Siskiyou Mountains and it drains all the way down to the Pacific. The main section for fly fishing is the last 15 miles from the confluence of the Middle Fork of the Smith down to the ocean. Expect to find really big chinook and steelhead. The river is bordered by a magnificent forest of rhododendron, ferns, spruce and redwoods.
The salmon runs are from late October through December. The steelhead runs are from mid-December through April.
Overall, Smith River is the 7th most popular fly fishing river of all 17 fly fishing spots in California.