Early July Summer Steelhead on the Rogue River

It is that time of year again as this fine catch will illustrate. She was found at the third steelhead hole I accessed. Just about ready to call it quits for this morning on the Rogue River, the hook up to my bead head fly was most welcomed. The subsequent huge boil at the surface was eye opening. The fast streak to heavy water was amazing and the big leap was reveling. The next 7 minutes or so was “heart in the throat” excitement. The final pulling into shallow water was a relief as a better than average first fish of the summer came to hand. Top it all off, she showed the hatchery mark of a clipped adipose fin.

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