Spring Chinook Recon

Here’s the mid-week look at Spring salmon on the upper Rogue River. There is a lot of water flowing. I checked the CFS this day at 4,400. That didn’t discourage me for I was headed for a gravel bar again. There was a fresh beauty to the Rogue Valley skyline.

Vehicle access to the Rogue River.

Vehicle access to the Rogue River.

While the Rogue River flow is up, the tributaries have diminished. This is a good time to check and learn the basalt rock bottom. Knowledge like that can come in handy when one has to cross at a higher future flow.

Here you can cross on the basalt steps.

Here you can cross on the basalt steps.

The Rogue’s flow swelled along the river banks. A wide flooded area offers opportunity to fish many migration lanes.  With the Rogue’s Spring chinook count only up to about 1,300, there just has not been a lot of movement to note.

The high flow floods the bank.

The high flow floods the bank.

The Salmonbagger was fished extensively. Naturally the G.R. Hare’s Ear was attached as a dropper fly.

Salmonbagger, note the trout took the Hare's Ear.

Salmonbagger, note the trout took the Hare's Ear.

Spring fills me with energy and optimism. There is no fresher time of year.

An old familiar view without the frost.

An old familiar view without the frost.

The view from the gravel bar.

The view from the gravel bar.

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