Fly of the Month

Cold water steelhead still go for the Carpetbagger.

Cold water steelhead still go for the Carpetbagger.

Carpetbagger by terms of numbers of fish. The early part of the month saw the Carpetbagger nymph working it’s magic. Too bad I was sick for the latter part. What with the water flow down making cold, clear conditions on the river the Carpetbagger will still take it’s fish. The good choice now is to run a smaller pattern off the Carpetbagger as a dropper. Good choices are the G.R. Hare’s Ear, Prince, Pheasant Tail, Copper John nymphs or a salmon egg pattern.

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From the coast!

Our first Matsutake! From the Oregon coast area.

Our first Matsutake! From the Oregon coast area.

I finally get to try some wild matsutaki mushrooms. This is not a big haul…but even a “blind pig finds acorns sometimes.” In this case a blind pig would find this mushroom quite easily and to be very good. They have a decidely piney, pungent smell and a delicious gormet taste!

This riffle near a campground is tops for Rogue half pounders.

This riffle near a campground is tops for Rogue half pounders.

Half pound steelhead can be fooled near dusk.

Half pound steelhead can be fooled near dusk.

The lower Rogue River half-pound steelhead are numerous this year. They can be found from Agness on down. A light fly rod and size #8 Silver Ant pattern are an excellent setup for flyfishing these fiesty fish. These fresh from the Pacific anadromous fish are also very delicious.

Day after…bring on the heat.

We started the day out early, but already I could feel the coming heat of the sun on my cheeks. The Rogue River’s flow is high enough to make crossings and general wading a tricky game. That situation should change slowly this month as the Army Corps of Engineers gradually decrease the water flow from the Lost Creek dam on the Rogue River. The big spey rod and angler were in good position to work the run, and indeed he did draw numerous strikes to big fluffy popscycle style flies before solidly hooking and landing a steelhead. During my fishing time I worked the Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph and small nymph (primarily G.R. Hare’s Ears) tandems on a smaller switch rod…basicly high-sticking the narrow top of the run. As the sun rose higher, getting the offerings down to the fish became the game. My dear old Canon camera managed to pull off these few pics. It seems my wading slip with a cold water dunking of yesterday has caused a little mischief with the camera’s inner workings. I believe a good drying out in this late afternoon 100 degree heat may work wonders. That Canon A60 camera has come back from near disaster before…quite a few times!

Good positioning for the spey rod guru!

Good positioning for the spey rod guru!

Laying that line down for the big cast.

Laying that line down for the big cast.

All loaded and ready to shoot.

All loaded and ready to shoot.

My Carpetbagger accounts for a 26" fish.

My Carpetbagger accounts for a 26 inch steelie.

September kicks off with a bang.

Rogue steelies!

Rogue steelies!

And I’m not talking about the dove hunting season, although that has been good. We went 3 for 4 on the Rogue steelhead yesterday. All we had time for was this post-fishing photo. The fish box got a little warm as the ice melted readily in the Rogue Valley heat which was up into the mid 90°F by the afternoon. I feel a September Fly of the Month award coming to the Carpetbagger Nymph. Heading back out…the fish are back in.