The Waddington shank Jock Scott is similar to the regular hook Jock Scott in colors and materials. However the similarity ends there with the Intruder-style octopus hook attached to the posterior end of the shank. The tip, tag and butt section, found in the classic, salmon-hook pattern, are tied on the rear octopus hook. The majority body section and wing of the fly are tied “in the round” on the Waddington shank. In truth this wing built “in the round” is different than the classic, upright Atlantic salmon fly wing, but the colors and effect are much the same. Hope the fish agree.
Low cold water, shy bite…small flies on the swing have proved productive. Thin tippets have also been key. Depending upon the water, I’ve scaled down to six pound test. Generally two flies are good and the norm. A large Carpetbagger or other stonefly and a trailing smaller fly works well.
For a rare lapse of time I have been away from the Rogue River. The first time I haven’t cast a fly rod for over a full week this year on the river. This was not because I went away to some place exotic, but because a couple of things; a nasty summer cold and then getting over it.
So about two weeks ago I had visions of capturing a 1st of September steelhead with a fly. My session proved eventful. They totally annihilated me and a six weight. You get to the point where you think you can handle just about any circumstance and situation. Those chinook salmon proved to be still active in that run. They cleaned me out. Could not stop either of the two hooked.
Unfortunately next came a battle with some serious summer cold snuffles. I recommend crystal vitamin C, Raspberry Emergen-C, Halls Defence Cough Drops, Ricola Honey Lemon Throat Drops, and rest. Don’t break your rest too soon. This is one of those nastier colds that will come right back at you if you get active too soon.
I’ve had a lot of time to catch up with some Rogue River Steelhead Flies – Guide Flies fly tying. I feel so balance seeing my bins full and overflowing. Similarly, shooting clays over the summer has helped me start up right where I left off at the end of August. Only now instead of the “orange disc” I’m hitting the real thing.
So getting my rhythm back and it sure feels good. First I’m going to drop a few more birds as that season is fleeting. Then on to the Rogue River steelhead. Fortunately they stay in one place, and the season is long-lasting.
Today’s hot steelhead slammed a Carpetbagger Nymph. First cast! No kidding. One cast into the run and, “Fish on!” Taking full advantage of the recent increase in water flow within the Rogue River of Oregon, this hatchery steelhead put on a very hard and stubborn fight. Happy to see the Midnight Rainbow Carpetbagger holding firm and strong in the jaw of this wily Rogue River bright.
Hot weather with hot fish arriving in the Rogue River. Right now the earlier in the morning the better. Unfortunately the late afternoon drive to the river is labored and smoke filled.