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.
The hot Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph patterns springing from the fly tying vise. Midnight Fire, Midnight Rainbow and Hot Orange Beadhead Copper/Gold/Black.
Until all this forest fire smoke lifts and disappears, I’m not straying far from the house and filling my Rogue River fly bins.
Getting closer to September 1st and fly fishing only on the upper Rogue River. The hot Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymphs are being fashioned on the Renzetti fly tying vice.
Smoke from Oregon forest fires. 100°F in the shade. What’s not to like? Carpetbagger Nymph playing predatory insect, hunting Rogue River cutthroat trout and summer steelhead (if I can find one!) Today I saw a nice steelhead jump upriver in a hole I had just fished. I guess it wanted to take a look at me as I waded down river. Looked like a nice one, about 20 – 23 inches. Chrome sides and dark back! Next time!!!!!!!!
Last year at this time:
This year I need a gas mask as well as this new CamelBak water bag to take along flyfishing for summer steelhead.