River X Again


The water flow has dropped to low levels. Every year the flow seems to end up at about 150 CFS. Makes it a bit harder to catch fish in bright, sunny weather. Luckily rain and clouds are forecast for the rest of the week, and a good chance that the rain will be showers and light.

River X Flow Still Dropping

With the dropping water flow I like to fish dark, deeper runs against steep banks. It is surprising how close to these banks the steelhead will hold. It is not surprising when close inspection reveal the structure that held the fish, such as a deeper pocket with swirling back eddy. When I find good structure and hook a fish, I note it well. Year after year specific locations seem to always hold fish.

River X Really Coming Into Shape Now

Water Release Going Down on the River X

And there are definitely fish lurking in the murky, deeper holes and runs, as I have seen them.

Water Release Going up on the River X


Been waiting for this. Now it looks like the conditions will be right for a drive over. March steelhead! Just wait for the water to clear.

Rogue River Steelhead

River A Beauty

Little river, big fish.

Little river, big fish.

Rain on the little A River.

Rain on the little A River.

Waterfowl on the river.

Waterfowl on the river.

Low water. Soft rain. The steelhead took a small Brown Forked Tail Prince Nymph. The tippet was 4X fluorcarbon.

A dropper fly generally called the Prince.

A dropper fly generally called the Prince.

Low Water, Small Patterns

3/13/2013 On the Rogue River

On the Rogue River near Touvelle.

On the Rogue River near Touvelle.

The water quality is really improving on the Rogue River. The river is clearing and getting that steelhead green, fishy look to it, and we’re getting a few. I went 1 for 2 today. The other fish was found early morning and from what I got to see of it, was a good one. Fishing two small flies, so it took either a Prince or a G.R. Hare’s Ear. This fish took a Beadhead G.R. Hare’s Ear fished as the dropper off of a Midnight Fire Carpetbagger.

The Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear nymph is a good dropper fly.

The Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear nymph is a good dropper fly.

3/11/2013 River A

A relatively dry March has created low streamflow in the Rogue River and tributaries. I had to change up tactics recently while visiting a nearby waterway. Finding the waterflow at about 150 CFS in the upper reaches of the stream I geared down. Instead of the heavy, larger Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymphs I tied on a couple of my favorite smaller nymphs, the Beadhead G.R. Hare’s Ear and Brown Forked Tail Prince nymphs. I also geared the tippet down to 4X Maxima. It took a lot of searching to finally find a run that was holding a prime example of this stream’s pretty winter steelhead. I really don’t like to fish water this low, but when it is the best option for the day…

A dropper fly generally called the Prince.

A dropper fly generally called the Prince.

Applegate Steelhead

Small stream, wild steelhead.