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.
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.
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.
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!