Rainy November Rogue River 11-21-14

A good November day searching for steelhead on the Rogue River, Oregon. I spent a lot of time casting the new natural flies with nary a bite. I even tried some of the gaudier Carpetbagger Nymphs in the cold, green water. Nothing was working until late when I began catching trout with the ‘Hare’s Ear look-a-like. And then, wouldn’t you know it, a pulverizing strike on the swing through a shallow tailout section. Zip, zip, break…the 6 pound test parted. The dilemma; fish the 6 pound tippet in lower, cold water in order to get more strikes, or up the pound test of the tippet to #8 in order to land more steelhead? Good question, any suggestions?
Here is the fly that has captured most of the attention. A small fly with a lot of the elements of a G.R. Hare's Ear Nymph.

Here is the fly that has captured most of the attention. A small fly with a lot of the elements of a G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph.

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