Rogue River flows low and slow

Mt Mcloughlin with early March snow

Mt Mcloughlin with early March snow

 

With a wintery Mt. Mcloughlin looking down on us, Teri and I flyfished for steelhead on the 10th. The Rogue’s water flow is low and cold. Even thought the sun was out, we bundled up for the cold and wind.

Teri flyfishing for steelhead

Teri flyfishing for steelhead

 

We brought along a good selection of rods. Our arsenal consisted of one plug rod for steelhead, a couple flyrods set up for steelhead and a trout rod for dry fly action.

Steelhead and trout rods for a day on the river.

Steelhead and trout rods for a day on the river.

 

I stayed warm by rowing and taking an occasional hot drink from the warm thermos. Steelhead action, as it has been for weeks, remains light. Today the trout were not even biting. I believe I caught one, and remember one other bite.  We fished my Carpetbagger flies and G.R. Hare’s Ears. I ran a dark, flashy  Michael Jackson plug on the Shimano rod. The steelhead do not seem to be around.

Neil enjoying a warm mug

Neil enjoying a warm mug

 

So where are the steelhead? They are still moving up. The current conditions are keeping them wide and scattered. Some would even say, they remain well hidden. As an example of how the Rogue’s steelhead distribute I’ll show you one I spotted yesterday. There’s a little creek that flow through the southern Rogue Valley called Bear Creek. Right now it is a very small creek with minimal water flowing. From an urban bridge Teri and I spotted this nice winter steelehead. I judge it to be about an 8-10 pound hen. We were even privileged to observe this gal gulping at a hatch of small emerging nymphs!

Lone steelhead laying in a tailout

Lone steelhead laying in a tailout

 

There can you see her now?

There can you see her now?

 

About a 28 to 30 inch hen steelhead waiting for higher water!

About a 28 to 30 inch hen steelhead waiting for higher water!

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