Low cold water, shy bite…small flies on the swing have proved productive. Thin tippets have also been key. Depending upon the water, I’ve scaled down to six pound test. Generally two flies are good and the norm. A large Carpetbagger or other stonefly and a trailing smaller fly works well.
The Rogue River, Oregon at low November flow.
A Rogue River steelhead creates a frothy ruckus after being hooked by a small trailing fly.
A pretty Rogue River November steelhead. It’s the spots!