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.