A G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph for Rogue River Steelhead

All around good fly pattern for trout and in some cases…steelhead.


Want to put a one, two, three knockout punch on that Rogue River fall steelhead. Try adding a Beadhead G.R. Hare’s Ear trailer to your Brownbagger Nymph main fly. Fly-fishing tandem flies is a legal and lethal tactic on the Rogue River any time of the year. This is especially true during the fall when the steelhead are keying on large stonefly nymphs, smaller nymphs, and Chinook salmon eggs. The female salmon dig redds in the river bottom dislodging river nymphs of all sizes. When she is satisfied with her spawning redd, the female Chinook then mates with a male, releasing and depositing her round, orange eggs on the river bottom. Fly-fishing the Brownbagger and Hare’s Ear Nymphs in tandem offers the attraction of all three food sources to the aggressive Rogue River steelhead. I like to add the Beadhead G.R. Hare’s Ear nymph by attaching a 18-20 inch leader to the bend of the orange-beadhead Brownbagger Nymph’s hook. To the end of this trailer leader I knot the smaller Hare’ Ear nymph. I’ve settled on the Duncan Loop Knot as the strongest and easiest attachment for this purpose. Try it, you’ll like it.

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