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

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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.

Green-Butt Silver Hilton Spider

Here is a steelhead pattern that I have had good results with lately. That was until an angry fish took the one and only in my fly box. So I have come up with two new entries for the fly box. I like the standard salmon/steelhead hook version, but I also thought an articulated pattern would be nice. So the Green-Butt Silver Hilton Spider Spey fly was wrapped around a Waddington Shank.

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Standard hook Green-Butt Silver Hilton Spider.s

 

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Green-Butt Silver Hilton Spider Spey. Already one fish to it’s credit!

Loving That Lower Water Flow

Took a while to find a upper Rogue River summer steelhead, but that I did. In the waning hours of the afternoon the pull came to a single Prince Nymph. Though I had fished several other promising runs earlier, this was the only water that gave up a fish. Surprising that what with the good, number of Fall Chinook salmon that were showing in this same water during the late light of the sunset.

Rogue River Water Flows 9/11/16

Rogue River water flows are dropping. Get ready for some real good summer steelhead fishing. Daytime temperature highs have dropped and the days remain sunny.

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River flow from Dodge Bridge down through Medford. 1620 CFS.

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Copper Herniators with root beer colored bodies. A great lower Rogue and Klamath River fly pattern.

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Lower Rogue River water flow near Agness, Oregon.