If You Really Need to Know. Rogue River Report.

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.

Carpetbagger Nymph Feeding the Bite on the Rogue River, Oregon

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.

More Sun And Fun On The Rogue River Of Oregon

August Steelhead

I’m tying up more Carpetbaggers and Bead Head G. R. Hare’s Ear Nymphs as I post this report. Also going to add some Brown Fork Tail Prince Nymphs to the tasks tonight. It’s beginning to “seem a lot like” steelhead season.

Rogue River Summer Steelhead Fly Fishing

Latest on the Bank of the Rogue River


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.

Root Beer Herniator

Another super bead head fly pattern for Rogue River steelhead. Actually, just your regular Copper Herniator tie with a body color change. That body material color is called root beer by the fly tying market. Once again I’ve found a source for the material, which comes as either regular diamond braid or a pearl core braid. There is something about those visual micro-luminations that light the steelhead up.

Micro light luminations make this an effective fly for summer steelhead.

Micro light luminations make this an effective fly for summer steelhead.

Pablo’s Special – Rogue River Summer Steelhead Fly

A small dark pattern for Rogue River steelhead.

A small dark pattern for Rogue River steelhead.

Came across a dark steelhead fly pattern that I tied a few years back for a fishing lodge on the middle Rogue River. I tied up the order from the example that was given me, and then tied a few and set them aside. The original is a larger pattern about size #6 tied on a salmon/steelhead iron, up-eyed, bead head and with a red tail. I decided to reduce the original pattern and came up with this arrangement. The hook is 2X long strong nymph hook size #10. I eliminated the red tail, kept the herl body and added a little red flashabou to the black marabou wing. Already this weekend on it’s first try the fly has proven itself. I believe the original pattern is the creation of a middle Rogue River fishing guide of long standing.