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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