…a Bead Head G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph. Not to be forgotten. Like your Master Card, don’t leave home without one. The G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph has caught so many steelhead for me that if I was to go to the Rogue River with just one fly, it would be a Bead Head G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph. Under low, clear water conditions and a bright November sun this 29 inch or so Rogue River steelhead made his choice and grabbed this rather pathetic looking Hare’s Ear nymph. Makes one wonder, just how important is the bead head component to the fly? Granted it adds weight to the fly, but does it also add “a bite me” stimulus to the fish as well?
Even with all the fancy fly choices you can fling out there, Rogue River steelhead like bead head Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymphs best. Maybe it is the wiggly legs? Maybe it is the hot fire color. Maybe all that real matters is that they work best! Try the Midnight Fire, Midnight Rainbow or Copper/Gold/Black chenille body, bead head “Magic Flies.”
A good afternoon fishing the Rogue River. The video link of the catching is down below. Fish on!