The red hot August summer steelhead have hit the upper Rogue River in decent numbers for good fly fishing. We were pitching them the other day with fly and spinning rods. The spinning rod method employs a set of flies and a clear floating bubble on the line. The bubble serves as a (dare I say it?) strike indicator above the weighted flies. While technically not true “fly fishing” this is a great way to catch summer steelhead on flies. For the newbie it can be a lot of fun and very forgiving. For high water it is a proven cope. For a fast way to find and monitor the state of the run it can’t be beat. For catching a steelhead out of a hole when nothing else is working and you know the fish are there, I love it.