March 1st arrives with steel

This steelhead came during the afternoon warm up around 1:30 PM

I did a little wade fishing around Tou Velle State Park today. The first couple hours were slow with nary a trout biting. That changed about mid-afternoon when a small hatch of bugs began coming off. Good sized trout were taking tiny emergers and small dry flies. Taking advantage of the situation, I matched the hatch as only a steelheader would…with G.R. Hare’s Ear nymph size #6. Fishing down a run I caught several nice trout/smolt in the 12 inch range to a Beadhead G.R. Hare’s Ear nymph. The Beadhead G.R. Hare’s ear is one of my favorite flies on the Rogue River. Generally I fish this fly in a combination of nymphing and swinging styles. The fly succeeds in so many different situations. Once again the flash and charm of this pattern was working. Near the bottom of the run came a heavy take to the swing of the fly. I’d hooked a nice 26 inch steelhead feeding amongst the many rising Rogue trout. A great end to the first day of March!

This steelhead felt the sting of a Beadhead G.R. Hares Ear nymph in the upper jaw.

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