About Rogue Guiding

Casting the long rod for Rogue River steelhead.

Spey casting for Rogue River summer and winter steelhead.

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The Best Rogue River Steelhead Flies For Sale

The Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph tied with the New Age Midnight Fire Chenille.

Size 4, natural bend hook, $1.95, tied by the Original.

The Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph done in Midnight Raibow chenille. This was the original hot color.

Size 4, natural bend hook, $1.95, tied by the Original.

The orange egghead Brownbagger is the pattern to use now on the upper Rogue River.

Size 4, natural bend hook, $1.95, tied by the Original.

The full G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph looks very buggy.

Size 4, 6, 8 strong nymph hook, $1.95, beadhead, all natural hare’s ear dub and Rogue Valley turkey feather.

A  nymph pattern generally called the Prince. I often fish this small nymph as the chaser fly in tadem with a Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph. The steelhead like both, so why not present both at the same time?

A nymph pattern generally called the Prince. I often fish this small nymph as the chaser fly in tadem with a Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph. The steelhead like both, so why not present both at the same time?

Size 8, 10, 12 1X Strong, Nymph Hook $1.95 Beadhead, double reinforced peacock herl body. Double secured white, biot wings.

4 thoughts on “About Rogue Guiding

    • I imagine they should work well on the Deschutes. The Deschutes has a good stonefly nymph population, right? The Carpetbagger is taken by the Rogue River steelhead as a stonefly nymph. The hook size I tie them on is a #4 natural bend hook. They are heavily weighted with a brass bead-head and 10-12 wraps of lead wire. They are made to be fished deep, but can also be swung. The chenille is made by Spirit River Inc. and called a New Age Chenille. I use the colors described as Midnight Fire, Midnight Rainbow and Speckled Copper/Black. I am sure that these colors are quite attractive to steelhead. The black and white rubber legs also add movement and flash to the fly. The best way to order flies is to send me an email and we can work out your wants and needs. Neil

  1. Hope my note finds you well Neil. I’m Danny, I grew up during h.s. in trail and remember so often during October, that once I tie on a orange or yellow bucktail caddis and skate it across the top, the rod would just bend and hooking steelhead was a blast back then. I’m 56, and that was before or soon after the dam was built. I moved back to shady cove after being gone some 37 yrs. Was the water temp. in the upper rogue 43 degrees? back in the late 70’s or mid 80s? I called F&G but i don’t believe them.

    I find surface and sub surface flies up here like bucktail caddis or anything for that matter just simply hasn’t worked for me. These days everybody goes bug and bubble up here with weighted stone flies which I have exclusively used as well, and I can see why. ’43 degree water you seem to have to put it right on the fishes nose. Anyway, I’ve been using weighted with .35 double wrapped weight but think i’ll buy some .40. how did you guys do skating down in gold hill and GP? during sept. Oct? I’ve only hooked 4 steelhead since late august up here in shady cove, trail. i’m pretty discouraged. i’m running 7 1/2 to 9 ft leader to the first fly and 18″ for whatever else I decide to tie on. I’ve tied the midnight fire and rainbow and other chenneil colors and i’m on the river 5 days a week fishing from the bank only. I think I need to get down river to see if things are different. I’m sure you water down there is much more better for the bite. any input is appreciated. Thanks

    • Hello Danny. Sounds about right. Surprising that you haven’t hooked more steelhead since August up there? I have floated the Rogue above Shady Cove when it was hard to get a bite. Sometimes the fish pretty much “hunker down on the bottom.” I do a lot of my fishing and floating down around Medford and White City. Here’s a link to a video from yesterday. Cold water, but I caught a nice native steelhead and a native coho near White City. All in an afternoons fishing…

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