Without doubt, the busiest and often the most exciting time on the North is the summer. The snowmelt of spring and early summer trigger the first summer run fish to enter the river in mid May. This bulk of the run can be experienced in July with good opportunities remaining throughout August and September.
During the summer run, the water is often low and clear so fishing during the low light hours is best. In more crowded sections of river you can often see headlights pulling up at river accesses an hour or two before first light. It should be mentioned, that steelhead have been known to rise to a dry fly during the full light of day. If you're an early bird, get out early. If not, try to find some shade on the water and go fish with confidence. This river fishes intimately. If you step into run and pull out ten strips of line and start casting toward the far bank, you've probably missed an opportunity at a fish. Start short - cover the water effectively. Be calm, if the fish takes your fly don't set the hook, just let them run. Success is often counted in encounters with fish on the North, because these brutish fish often get the best of us.