Everyone has his or her own opinion of the weather. 70°F days on the Rogue River, this close to summer, make very enjoyable fishing conditions. Add an early summer steelhead and continuing cutthroat trout bite to make a near perfect flyfishing recipe.
This time of year makes for good wet fly fishing. The fish will look up and they will move to commit to a fly in the high water flow. I like a good dark pattern and the Silver Hilton and Blue and Purple (New Experimental long one!) in my flybox have brought action. The taking mood will disappear as summer wanes on and the heat rises, so taking advantage this week’s all day fishing has been fun. As proof, here are a couple of photos the mild weather have sent my way.
An early summer steelhead. These guys will school you. I’ve already been taken to the cleaners by one.
The cutthroat trout are numerous in the Rogue River now. Assume on every cast that one is following. I find a little twitch before picking up the fly, often invites a strike.
Talk about an attitude. This cutthroat attacked the 4 inch long Blue and Purple articulated pattern.
The high green grass along the Rogue River. Lots of pollen and sitting right at nose level!