Our First Winter Steelhead of 2018 (2-03-18)

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.

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Start Off 2018 Steelhead Fly Fishing on the Rogue River

January 4, 2018 I found the trout are more active and biting well now. There was even a little hatch of small flies coming off the water. I found the hatchery stock summer steelhead are still in the Rogue River near Medford, Oregon. A Yellow Fork Tail Prince Nymph accounted for this retread summer steelhead. The Orange Bead Head Carpetbagger (Brownbagger) Nymph was also attracting a lot of attention in the very clear and low water of the day. First steelhead of 2018!

End of 2017 Rogue River Summer Steelhead Fun

Rogue River Retread Steelhead

A vividly colored hatchery buck steelhead caught at the end of 2017. End of year fly fishing fun!

Lots of recycled Rogue River summer steelhead caught in the river near Medford at the end of 2017.  The Cole Rivers Fish Hatchery located above Shady Cove trucked the “second chance” fish back down and released them near Medford and White City. The male buck steelhead are sporting vivid colors as the summer fish are near to the winter spawning time. Lots of end of year catching fun was enjoyed by many. Lets just say I got into quite a few of them! I’d have more video, but the camera’s battery was low.

 

A Couple More Steelhead on the Rogue River 11-14-2017

 

Went two for three today on the Rogue River. All of the steelhead took the Orange Bead Head Brownbagger Stonefly Nymph pattern. This hatchery and native steelhead I was totally on top of except for the complete landing of the small native. The small native splashed it’s way to freedom at the bank. The first fish I hooked today was a biggy. I struggled to get it to shore (and to the camera), but the dry bank was a long way’s from the deep water were I hooked it.  As I neared my chosen landing spot, the fish gave a great leap and the hook was shaken. The Brownbagger Nymph has been on fire as of late hooking the majority of the steelhead. I believe that hot orange bead  head is the key.

My version of the Agent Orange pattern and my Brownbagger Nymph pattern.