Three Minutes to Land a December Rogue River Steelhead

Found this fresh fall steelhead in a good high water run on the upper Rogue River. Recent showers have swollen the flow of the river, but the water remains clear. The fly was one of my new stonefly nymph patterns, the “au natural Carpetbagger Nymph.”

Rogue River December Steelhead, Al’s Special Gold Brooch Fly Pin

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December 2nd Rogue River chrome and Cabela’s Spey rod. Rio heads and sink tips.

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Hooked up in the high, grey water of December. December steelhead on my mind.

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Al’s Special gold brooch fly pin. Al Knudson was an early pioneering fly tier of the early 19th Century. He was one of the first to use large flies for winter steelhead. Knudson’s streamer patterns are little remembered today, but surely would fish just as well now as they did in the old days.

Just Turkey – Wild Turkey Silver Label

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This classic-style wet fly is made with almost all wild turkey feathers. The tail, the wing and the hackle all come from the Rio Grande species of turkey found in southern Oregon. A tinsel body and jungle cock eyes complete the fly.

Classic Fly Pins For Christmas


For several years I’ve been tying old classic fly patterns on decorative hook pins for Christmas. Here are a few of my favorites. The hat pin hooks are not easy to tie on. There is a lot that you have to work around. Number one is avoid the sharp point of the pin. Ouch, but the results are sure worth it. The finished pins do look great worn on clothing lapel or hat brim.

9 Out Of 10 Rogue River Steelhead Prefer…A Carpetbagger Nymph (instead of turkey) For Thanksgiving

Even with all the fancy fly choices you can fling out there, cold water Rogue River steelhead like Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymphs best. Maybe it is the wiggly legs? Maybe it is the cool New Age Chenille body colors? Maybe it’s the weighted bead head? Maybe all that real matters is that they work best in the waning months of the year! Try the Midnight Fire, Midnight Rainbow or Copper/Gold/Black  chenille body colors. Try the bead head “Magic Flies” this November and December and don’t go home a big gobbler!.

Native Rogue River steelhead released to fight again.

Native Rogue River steelhead released to fight again.

Try Fishing the Rogue River Early in the November Cold and Fog.

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Hatchery Heft like the Orange Bead Head Brownbagger Stonefly Nymph.

November Colors

Yarn flies, slight wisp of orange, fished off a Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph work well now.

Sometimes called “Oh dark oh thirty”, arriving early in the November gloom and mist can pay dividents on the Rogue River, of Oregon.