Steelhead Flies

Gotta stay with some favorites like the G.R. Hare’s Ear. Found a new source of dubbing!
Another old favorite I just can not get away from tying for steelhead. The Brown Fork-Tail Prince Nymph.

My Brownbagger Carpetbagger is a take on this pattern called the Agent Orange. Good larger, heavy fly to use in a two fly offering.
Played around with legging material this winter. I like the spandex material legs best because they are easy to put bends in.
Another good small dropper fly that like the Hare’s Ear and Prince Nymph should see a lot of steelhead.
Found some old interesting green chenille in my material bins.
After hearing of some success with the green material in this form at the Modoc Bar in February, I tied up a few with silver beads to take along on my  visits there.

Cold Day Rogue River Steelhead

A cold December day that caught me by surprise. No surprise to myself that I was going to catch steelhead. The first run that I fished was no good, and I left pretty quickly on account of the cold air. A little hike was necessary to get to the next spot. This run felt better as the noon sun was lighting the water. I worked down the hole and near the tail out was rewarded with a stop. The steelhead put up a good fight and I was happy to see that she had taken the very small fly I had tied on. Cold, clear water sometimes means small flies! I soon found that the chill of the day had numbed my finger tips as I struggled to remove the fly!

A wild hen steelhead that I released as quickly as I could.

After a quick break for a peanut butter lunch, I went back to casting. Wasn’t too long before another fish was on, and this time leaping his way down river. I landed the buck steelhead and found that this one had taken a larger Carpetbagger fly with the hot orange bead head. Fishing a couple other holes, I found the cold daylight waning, and I beat a hike back to the car. Multiple fish on! 

Hatchery male steelhead had taken a Brownbagger Stonefly Nymph

Another Feisty Buck Steelhead on the Rogue 9-12-18


A walk in hike  lead to this early September hatchery steelhead in a narrow holding run along the bank of the Rogue River. My home-made Scandi/Skagit casting head made throwing a G.R.Hare’s Ear Nymph easy from a casting  area backed up by a high bank with trees and brush. The steelhead are where you find them. Never easy, but always a glorious challenge.