Here is the classic whole feather wing Orange Parson. The fully dressed classic Atlantic salmon flies are the most beautiful that an angler can tie to his leader. The Orange Parson, hair or feather wing, holds appeal to the angler and fish alike. Most anglers would agree that meticulously dressed feather wings are better suited for display on the wall than to be cast into the river.
Like a Gold Demon, this one should catch some attention on a Rogue summer’s evening.
The Spring salmon season has progressed on the upper Rogue River. I’ve missed keeping up with my posting, so I’ll try to make it up all in one. The fish count has steadily risen. I believe it is over 7,000 chinook as of today! The fish eagle has indeed arrived on the mountain.
The flora of the Rogue Valley floor has undergone color changes. I see lots of yellow and white. I also see the beginning of some of the dryness of summer. Lucky for us, the rain and thunderstorms of the past few week have prolonged a cool Spring.
The river flow has been good, the average CFS being up in the low 3,000. The fishing pressure has been light. I’ve been seeing few driftboats. Generally the feeling is that the Springer season is slow…in spite of the ever increasing numbers of fish. Emergency rules along the river have restricted the retention of wild Spring chinook.
From the rowers seat, I’ve been watching the hooking of some nice cutthroat and trout. A light fly rod and a good surface fly, like the Steelhead Muddler, have been good as the fish are looking up. My trusted G.R. Hare’s Ear nymph (and Carpetbagger) has been fishing slow.
The real good news is (and I’m always ready for them!) that the summer steelhead have begun to arrive. There is something near 100 summer steelhead counted over Gold Ray Dam. These early Rogue steelhead are the best in my estimate. A 24 inch, four to five pound, early summer steelhead can give you as much to handle as a ten pound winter fish. Catch and fillet a hatchery fish, and you’ll see color as near to salmon steak as you are gonna see on a trout. That’s why I call them salmontrout.
Here’s the Rogue chinook fishing report from May 28. The Rogue’s flow was around 3,000 CFS. The water was clear. The chinook count at Gold Ray Dam was up to 4,000 Spring salmon. I saw only one Springer salmon, but the wildflowers along the Rogue were just beautiful. There seemed to be a theme of blue, violet and purple to the Rogue Valley flora.
The common vetch plant seemed to be at a peak. I whole heartedly dislike this weed, though I understand you can eat it! My dislike stems from a time during my youth when I was called on to rid a corn field of the troublesome weed.
The lupine plant, with flowers primarily blue with some white, were very common. As was the purple common Brodiaea with it’s long stem and six petal flowers. Pronounce “brody-uh.”
The fly box is full and ready for a float on the far upper Rogue River. Going through my fly tying material, I came across a number of dry salmon fly patterns tied during past years. The Rogue Foam, the Low Forehead, the Jughead, the Glimmer Wing, Bird’s Stonefly now accompany the new Stimulators and modified Norm Woods Specials. All are fish catchers!
So I’m ready for what the upper Rogue can dish out this time of year in rainbow and cutthroat trout. I’ve seen salmon down around Medford. I’ll post pics and more on that latter. The chinook count has grown…to something around 4,000 salmon. A number of summer steelhead have also been counted at the Gold Ray Dam station. I’ll have more on all that latter.