Early Morning Sunday

The fly box is open on the Drifter's command center!

The fly box is open on the Drifter's command center!

An early morning start on the upper Rogue River. After all the details and preparations are attended to, the question becomes what fly pattern should I start with today?

The steelhead pattern called The Skunk.

The steelhead pattern called The Skunk.

For this morning one of the fly patterns we concentrated on was the tradition Skunk with jungle cock cheeks.

The morning sun finally lights the water.

The morning sun finally lights the water.

Sunday morning because it was going to be real hot, I scheduled a half day on the Rogue. What this means is that we start at Oh Dark Thirty and complete the float before the air temperature gets too hot for comfort. If the bite is exceptionally good, we go beyond the comfort limit.

Releasing trout along the Rogue River

Releasing trout along the Rogue River

Besides rowing and maneuvering the Drifter to good fishing spots, I spent a lot of time releasing trout.

A cutthroat with open mouth and Hare's Ear comes along side the Drifter.

A cutthroat with open mouth and Hare's Ear comes along side the Drifter.

We finished up the morning with the sun growing hotter and the best cutthroat trout of the day. The spotted,dusky, villian thought he could steel my G.R. Hare’s Ear nymph!

This Rogue River cutthroat fell to a G.R. Hare's Ear nymph.

This Rogue River cutthroat fell to a G.R. Hare's Ear nymph.

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