Fair yet chilly weather conditions continue this early December on the upper Rogue River. With the lack of rain the water flow remains very low and clear. Mornings along the river begin with a thick fog. A recent morning’s temperature got low enough for that valley fog to freeze.
This is a good time to bring along the extra fleece wear. Hiking along at a quick clip is also a great way to stay warm. On this morning I surprized a stout looking blacktail buck on a trail near the Rogue River.
The cold and low conditions have slowed any good movement of the steelhead or coho through the upper Rogue River. And it’s tough to find the fish that are already there. The steelhead fish count for the summer and fall remains low something under 6,000 fish into the upper Rogue River. The coho count remains under 3,000 fish. During the course of the month it will take a rising river to bring those numbers up. There are fish to be caught including the Rogue River’s native cutthroat trout. Although the bite is not very good because of the cold conditions, an active or twitched fly in the right spots will bring results.
A Carpetbagger stonefly nymph and small nymph tadem is a good setup for the cold Rogue River conditions. The small nymph has been getting most of the action as of late.