While the big Hornbrook fire burns north, west and east at the Oregon/California border, our sky is still clear and smoke free in the Rogue Valley. Day time temperature got up to around 90°F this afternoon. Winds were southernly. The water is clear and good looking, but no grabs today. I guess the big thing I can grouch about is the water flow. It is a mere 1630 CFS and about 58°F. Last summer there were high flows and the fish loved it. All I could muster today were several Chinook smolts on a Bead Head G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph.
Click above for video. Rogue River flow – 1810 CFS. Temperature – From 52°F to 61°F.
Steelhead count at the Cole Rivers hatchery = 130 (June 20th)
I’m still searching for that early Rogue River summer steelhead. The river looks perfect, but I guess the number of early fish is not good enough yet. I had a double pull to a G.R. Hare’s Ear Beadhead Nymph today, so that was very encouraging. I imagine that just like last year the first caught steelhead will come around July 1st. Click link, I’m casting a Scandi line.
When I want a little practice playing fish before summer steelhead season comes on the Rogue River, I go to the high Cascade mountains for redband trout. These natives fight like summer steelhead. High leaping, long running and long endurance. In the location I fly fish they are all legal, the only requirement being “artificial lures and fly fishing only.” Practice on!
Click above to watch on Facebook. Casting the Spey rod for early summer steelhead on the Rogue River of Oregon.
Teri Selbicky hooks up the first winter steelhead of 2018. I helped her finally land it. For the first of February the weather is extremely nice. Air temperatures today got up to around the mid 60°F’s. The river CFS (cubic feet per second) is about 1560 and the afternoon river temperature is around 46°F. The bite came in the early afternoon to a small nymph swung with a Carpetbagger Nymph from the front of the drift boat. The water type was a sunlit, and gentle riffle at the top of a run, just like where you would fish during the early summer.