Rogue River Summer Steelhead

The summer steelhead are arriving readily now into the upper Rogue River. These silver bullets will really put the test to your gear. My favorite tie for these chrome rockets is the Midnight Rainbow Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph. This fish came to the Midnight Fire Carpetbagger in size #4. You never know, so it’s good to have both Carpetbagger colors in the fly box.

Root Beer Herniator

Another super bead head fly pattern for Rogue River steelhead. Actually, just your regular Copper Herniator tie with a body color change. That body material color is called root beer by the fly tying market. Once again I’ve found a source for the material, which comes as either regular diamond braid or a pearl core braid. There is something about those visual micro-luminations that light the steelhead up.

Micro light luminations make this an effective fly for summer steelhead.

Micro light luminations make this an effective fly for summer steelhead.

Pablo’s Special – Rogue River Summer Steelhead Fly

A small dark pattern for Rogue River steelhead.

A small dark pattern for Rogue River steelhead.

Came across a dark steelhead fly pattern that I tied a few years back for a fishing lodge on the middle Rogue River. I tied up the order from the example that was given me, and then tied a few and set them aside. The original is a larger pattern about size #6 tied on a salmon/steelhead iron, up-eyed, bead head and with a red tail. I decided to reduce the original pattern and came up with this arrangement. The hook is 2X long strong nymph hook size #10. I eliminated the red tail, kept the herl body and added a little red flashabou to the black marabou wing. Already this weekend on it’s first try the fly has proven itself. I believe the original pattern is the creation of a middle Rogue River fishing guide of long standing.

Copper Herniator

Great pattern during the fall on the lower Rogue River. Also a good steelhead fly pattern on the Klamath River. Adult steelhead as well as the famous half pounder fish will readily fall for this fly.

The all copper version. Copper Diamond Braid, Krystal Flash and Bead Head.

The all copper version. Copper Diamond Braid, Krystal Flash and Bead Head. Size 8,10 and 12.

July Fourth – Drifting on the Rogue River

Searching for summer steelhead and finding the conditions are of yet best for bird watching. CFS 2200 Water Temperature 55°F Air Temperature 93°F Wind Slight Sun Bright Bite Not!