The final morning of waterfowl season was another foggy and cold one in the Rogue Valley. I finally was able to walk in to a slough on the Rogue River that I had been kept away from for weeks because of the high water flows. The greenhead mallards were there early, but also very wary and alert. A long shot across the slough, they lit and took off almost immediately upon detecting my presence. They never did return. I did better after I set up the dekes and the bay ducks returned. I took scaup and a couple buffleheads. One male scaup was an impressive and exciting sight as he cupped his wings and sailed into the dekes. There are some interesting feathers on the scaup’s back that I will bag up and save for fly tying material.
If the current dry spell continues it won’t be long before we are back to flyfishing for steelhead. There could be some winter fish already into the mix of upper Rogue River fish.