January Reflecting

Considering all the snow, ice, rain and high water of early January this year it is good to reflect back on the warm days and hot fish of summer on the Rogue River, Oregon. Early morning wet wading. Oh what a treat. It will be a while until we can do this again. In the meantime keep an eye on the weather and river flow. Winter steelhead fishing is next on the Rogue agenda, and with the high water flows, fish could be trickling in sooner than expected.

A diminutive Brown Fork Tail Prince Nymph working well. I like the pattern with a slight, yellow-brown tail. Today I was using  the pattern on the size 10 hook.

Little River , Big Fish

Little chance to get over the hill to fish there this season with all the high water.  The chances are that it will shape up before the close at the end of the month. Here’s a fighting buck landed on the last day of the month a couple of years ago.

March Comes in Like a Lion, Hopefully out Like a Spotted Trout

Rogue River March Steelhead

Although the weather may not show it, winter is still here in the Rogue Valley. Sunny, mild days persist with daytime temperatures near the 70°F mark. During this stretch the lack of any measurable rainfall has left the rivers low and fishable; and right on time the winter steelhead are ever arriving and catchable.

Bless with this treat of fishable waters through early March, I have ventured out on both the Rogue and Applegate Rivers. From early-on plug, bait, and spoon high water efforts, the fishing method as of late has been with flies. Once again patterns such as the Carpetbagger Nymphs, bead head G.R. Hare’s Ears and Prince Nymphs are taking steelhead. I reckon it is the same old melody, but those buggy flies do really do the trick on the above mentioned rivers.