Earth Day on the far upper Rogue

My guest for the day works the slow water with a spey rod.

Beautiful weather for this April 22nd day on the upper Rogue. The water is cold, and you can see how low the flow is. By this time of the year there are plenty of steelhead up in this stretch of the Rogue River.

The first glimpse of a silver rocket as you work it towards shore.

Always a welcome sight…to see that long slice of silver fish.

The final pull towards shore.

A pretty conventional spot to land a steelhead with a fly rod. Wait till you see the next photo.

Some of the far upper Rogue requires being able to negotiate big rocks and holes.

Some of this upper Rogue stretch of water offers a real hiking problem. Jumbled rocks the size of small boulders hinder the fly fisherman in many ways. Not only is it hard to get to them, but in some instances how best do you get them in once you do?

Say bye bye Mr. Steelhead!

The fly patterns that worked well today were the Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph and the Beadhead G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph.


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