Tough Bite after the Flooding

The weekend rain put the Rogue River at a high flow for October. We waited a few days for the water level to drop. By Thursday the water was at an acceptable level and color for fly fishing. The bite was slow with even the trout reluctant to hit flies. The kind of day where any hookup is priceless and a reward.

October Colors Along The Rogue River

The Drifter 2

On the river. Blue bird skies and super, clear, low water. Lunker time!


Bright colored pheasant walk the shores of the Rogue River during October. Fly fishing and hunting, this is what is known as “cast and blast”



The bright male steelhead called “bucks” are arriving now They are larger than the female fish and more vividly colored.


Aggressive and hooked jawed, the buck steelhead take the large Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph well. In this instance, it was the Midnight Fire Carpetbagger Nymph.

Early October Rogue River Steelhead


This fresh, Fall, upriver bright hit a orange bead head Brownbagger Stonefly Nymph.


The orange egghead Brownbagger is the pattern to use now on the upper Rogue River.

There’s something about the spawning Chinook salmon and the effectiveness of hot orange egg patterns for Rogue River steelhead during October. Why not fish two flies in one pattern? The Brownbagger carries the look of the ever abundant river bottom stonefly nymphs.  That hot orange bead head is definitely an attraction as both color stimulant and salmon egg imitation. The Brownbagger is two flies in one…a stonefly nymph and an egg pattern.

Late September Rogue River Steelhead

The steelhead bite has been super slow the later part of this month. Teri and I found a couple to play Saturday afternoon on two low-water floats. One came unglued, but the second steelhead came to net during the warm moments of the late evening sunset. The fly was a small Pheasant & Hare.

Flies on the Rogue River – Steelhead Caddis


Bill McMillan’s Steelhead Caddis is a great fly pattern this time of year on the Rogue River of Oregon

Lower water, warm afternoons…if you want to hook a steelhead near the surface, this is a great fly to go to on the Rogue River this time of year. Tied on a size 6 Partridge Wilson hook.