From morel mushroom hunting to cutthroat trout on salmon flies, we are rowing the driftboat into June 2018. I’m still trying for spring salmon when I can however most of the time I’ll try angling for the dry fly cutthroat trout and the first early summer steelhead of the season. We caught no summer steelhead yet, but
have tallied a few nice cutthroat trout.
Even have a new dry golden stonefly creation. It is crafted along the lines of the Norm Wood Special.
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?
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.