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.
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.
The water flow has dropped to low levels. Every year the flow seems to end up at about 150 CFS. Makes it a bit harder to catch fish in bright, sunny weather. Luckily rain and clouds are forecast for the rest of the week, and a good chance that the rain will be showers and light.