Wishin you were fishin? Wish no more. Humboldt Steelhead Days makes it run Jan. 23 through Feb. 6. Two weeks of regional events filled to the gills with fishing, food and fun. From the Trinity to the Eel, here are some highlights to hook you:
In the Willow Creek area (Trinity River), things get jumpin' at the Humboldt Steelhead Days Kick-off Party on Jan. 22 at Coho Cottages from 5:30 p.m. (free). On Jan. 23 and Jan. 30, take the kids to Willow Creek Library for Humboldt Steelhead Days Story and Craft hour at 2 p.m. (free). Sample scrumptious local meats, fish, vegetables and wines at the Farm-to-Table Dinner later that evening at China Creek Cottages (time TBA, $100). When it's time to drop the bass, head over to the Willow Creek VFW Hall for the Humboldt Steelhead Days Community Dance starting at 4 p.m. with tunes by a DJ and three local bands ($15).
In the Mad River region, make your first stop the Mad River Brewing Co. for the Humboldt Steelhead Days Kick-off Party Jan. 22 at 5 p.m., and then take in the Humboldt Steelhead Expo at Blue Lake Business Park Jan. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. with fishing workshops, classes, Redwood Edventures activities, music and exhibitors (free). Don't miss festival favorite, Dell'Arte's Fish Tales III, at the Carlo Theatre, Jan. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. ($10, $5, free w/Steelhead Days registration).
In the Eel River area, the fun flows at the Eel River Kick-off Party & Mixer at the River Lodge Conference Center on Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. (free). In Scotia, there's the Timber Town Tour on Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. (free), followed by dinner and mixer at Scotia Inn at 5 p.m. ($35, $10). Round it out with the International Fly Fishing Film Festival at the Winema Theater at 6:15 p.m. ($15).
On Jan. 29 at the Eureka Theater, catch at the International Fly Fishing Film Festival again at 7 p.m. ($20, $15, $10). Doors open at 6 p.m. for pre film social hour. At the Adorni Center on Jan. 30, learn to tie flies and try out your skills on the five-hole casting course from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Steelhead Days Expo (free).
The culmination of the festival takes place Feb. 6 at the Sequoia Conference Center with the Humboldt Steelhead Days Awards Dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ($35 or free with HSD registration) with a tri-tip dinner and slide show of highlights from the competition.
Get a line on the complete list of events, visit www.humboldtsteelheaddays.com.