November on the Rogue River

There are a couple of ways of catching steelhead and salmon this month on the stretch of the Rogue River that I fish a lot. Fly fishing remains a good option, and the fun thing is that you can go full purist with fly, switch or Spey rod, or you can fish a spinning rod with weighted fly and float bobber. With the fluctuating water levels of this month the latter method is a good option.

Plugs and spinners are also allowed now after the close of the flies only September through October period. The Coho salmon, currently present in the river and legal to fish for, will occasionally take a fly.  However a plug, spoon or spinner is often the best presentation for the salmon. In the second half of this video I hook a nice Coho buck with a Rebel Crawdad plug. Very interesting in that I cast the lure out mid-river; had a spool over run with the fresh Maxima line; quickly fixed the tangle while the floating plug drifted downriver and immediately hooked the Coho upon beginning the retrieve.  I  have to wonder did the fish track and follow the lure while it was free floating  downstream, or did it just drift down into his holding position and he immediately attack the lure upon the first wiggle of the retrieve?

The Brownbagger – Rogue River Steelhead Fly


Soon the Spring Chinook salmon will be spawning on the Rogue River, Oregon. The Brownbagger with it’s hot orange bead will tempt many a hungry steelhead.

August Morning Rogue River Steelhead


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.

Pick Yer Pocket


Pick Yer Pocket on a Waddington Shank.

Cool video demo on adding the stinger hook. I like to tie on traditional Waddington shanks, but the Senyo Articulated Shank will do in a pinch. I have not thought of coating fly line backing with super glue. Stiffens the connection, but I wonder does it weaken it at the same time?

Clouser Deep Minnow


Clouser Deep Minnow an artificial fly widely popular for fresh and salt water game fish.

I remember hearing once that when Lefty Kreh was ask if he could only choose two flies to fish what would they be? His reported reply was, “A Clouser Minnow and another Clouser Minnow.” This was no doubt a nod to his friend Bob Clouser who originated the pattern, and high praise indeed from the originator of another great fly the Lefty’s Deceiver.
Initially used for smallmouth bass the popular Clouser pattern is now widely used for many species of fresh and saltwater game fish. Lefty Kreh claims to have caught over 87 species of fish on the Clouser Minnow.
The extremely versatile Clouser Minnow is tied in a wide variety of color and material combinations. These size #4 chartreuse, orange and red bucktail wing Clouser are intended for Pacific Northwest estuary salmon.


Chartreuse is probably the top color for Pacific Northwest salmon.

Clouser Minnow Again


Orange Back Clouser Minnows for Pacific salmon. Worked pretty well in the estuaries this past Fall.

Back to working on Clouser Minnows. I’m getting pretty good at this pattern. Many thanks go to a video I found done by Bob Clouser himself explaining all the techniques of constructing this fly.