Rogue River Fly Patterns

Carpetbaggers, Rogue River Specials, Brown Forked Tails, Red Ants and more.

Start up the Rogue River summer steelhead season with Rogue River steelhead fly patterns! Early summers filter into the upper Rogue River late June through July. These adult steelhead can be some of the best fish of the year. With pink flesh reminisce of salmon, they can be some of the best eating steelhead of the year. Best of all, here is a salmonid that will readily take the fly. Great early season patterns are the Carpetbagger, Silver Hiltons, the Skunk, the Brown Forked Tail Prince, and the G.R. Hare’s Ear. Top that fly with a beadhead and you have a pattern that is killer. Later as the summer warms up and gets hot, a Steelhead Caddis fished near or on the surface can bring a smashing strike. Late season during the early fall the old classic Rogue patterns come into play down in the Wild & Scenic canyon of the Rogue River. Juicy Bugs, Rogue River Specials, Brown Forked Tails, Ants (Silver and Red), and some new creations will come into play for the famous Rogue River half-pound steelhead. Half-Pounders, as they are called, are junior steelhead returned to the Rogue River after only 3-4 months in the Pacific Ocean. Returned from the ocean early to feed in the lower Rogue River environment over the winter, these young trout sized steelhead will hit a small fly most readily and put a big grin and smile on your face as they peal line off your fly reel.

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Mystery Rod

I found this flyrod just the other day. It was hidden in it’s carry case and resting on a dust covered display shelf that held a jumble of old spinning reels. “What’s in the little rod case?” I asked the rusty, little antique shop’s proprietor. He dug under a couple old Garcia Mitchell reels and handed me the dark case. I opened it and fell immediately in love.

The metal ferrules like new silver shined. The reel seat like pure gold glowed. I noted the clear, exact and laquered red windings. I told the shop owner I’d have to assemble and wave the rod around. I lubed the ferrules with the oil from the sides of my nose. I knew already that this rod was going to be mine.

Now my only questions concern the mysterious origins of this nice, compact flyrod. The simple information imprinted on the rod reads as follow:

#955 Trail-Pack By Longfellow

A six piece pack fly rod. Each piece is 15 inchs. Overall rod length is 7 feet. Cast a 7 weight fly line nicely.

I’ve already put the rod into action. On a recent drive over the Cascade Mountains to the Klamath River I stopped and flyfished a secret spot. Under a mid-day sun I hooked and landed two redband trout of the Klamath River system. The flyrod preformed well, casting a weighted Wooly Worm with ease, and handling the hard-pulling redbands with sensitivity and control. A great first catch for the new flyrod.

A fitting match for the Trail-Pack Rod.

I anyone has any information on the Longfellow flyrods would you please share. I found very little information on the internet. A friend said that his father once owned a Longfellow two piece flyrod. That is all I know. Any information or stories would be appreciated.

Cutthroat trout on the Rogue

The downtown cutts are looking up on the Rogue River of Oregon. They are looking up for stimulation…that of the Stimulator dry fly pattern. In the high water flow of the Rogue it is just a matter of prospecting. There are no rises, but so many good lies. Just test an eddy line and you might create the rise of a good one.

A Stimulator dry fly fooled this nice cutthroat on the Rogue River, Oregon.


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