Oregon Winter Steelhead

The Spring season on the upper Rogue River is just beginning. March through April. Morels will soon be here!

Wild Rogue River winter steelhead. Larger than the summer steelhead. You can keep three per year during the winter season now. White snow covers Mt. McLoughlin now.
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March Rogue River Winter Steelhead 2019

First March steelhead of 2019 came to this old fly I tied several years ago. Call it the Slum Roe. I had never caught anything with it up to this date.

Steelhead Flies

Gotta stay with some favorites like the G.R. Hare’s Ear. Found a new source of dubbing!
Another old favorite I just can not get away from tying for steelhead. The Brown Fork-Tail Prince Nymph.


My Brownbagger Carpetbagger is a take on this pattern called the Agent Orange. Good larger, heavy fly to use in a two fly offering.
Played around with legging material this winter. I like the spandex material legs best because they are easy to put bends in.
Another good small dropper fly that like the Hare’s Ear and Prince Nymph should see a lot of steelhead.
Found some old interesting green chenille in my material bins.
After hearing of some success with the green material in this form at the Modoc Bar in February, I tied up a few with silver beads to take along on my  visits there.

Cold Day Rogue River Steelhead

A cold December day that caught me by surprise. No surprise to myself that I was going to catch steelhead. The first run that I fished was no good, and I left pretty quickly on account of the cold air. A little hike was necessary to get to the next spot. This run felt better as the noon sun was lighting the water. I worked down the hole and near the tail out was rewarded with a stop. The steelhead put up a good fight and I was happy to see that she had taken the very small fly I had tied on. Cold, clear water sometimes means small flies! I soon found that the chill of the day had numbed my finger tips as I struggled to remove the fly!

A wild hen steelhead that I released as quickly as I could.

After a quick break for a peanut butter lunch, I went back to casting. Wasn’t too long before another fish was on, and this time leaping his way down river. I landed the buck steelhead and found that this one had taken a larger Carpetbagger fly with the hot orange bead head. Fishing a couple other holes, I found the cold daylight waning, and I beat a hike back to the car. Multiple fish on! 

Hatchery male steelhead had taken a Brownbagger Stonefly Nymph