Just Beat the Lightening & Rain on the Rogue River, Oregon

Rogue River Summer Steelhead

Keeping a firm grip on this slipper one. I can hear the arriving thunderstorm. Time to make book and get back to the vehicle.

Arriving only 20 minutes earlier, the run looked good. A large Halloween Spey and Prince Nymph combo of flies rose nothing in the slow water of the hole. I switched to a single Yellow Fork Tail Prince Nymph and swung that fly through the fast and slow water. The hit came suddenly downstream at about 50 ° in the slower water. Fish on! A jump and four or five runs back into the fast water and finally she began to give up the ghost. Measured a true 25 inch, and such a sweet return to the Rogue River for me.  Water flow : about 1720 CFS    Air Quality : Improving, but still plenty of smoke overhead.      Arriving : A loud thunder and lightening storm with good rain that wet all before I could get back to the vehicle.

September Rogue Steelhead

Cabela’s switch rod and a Prince Nymph capture this bright Rogue River September steelhead.

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Again the Early Afternoon is Good on the Rogue River of Oregon

An average size Rogue River summer steelhead puts up a good fight in the near 3000 CFS water flow of July. Once again the bite came in the early afternoon after the water had warmed up a bit. The steelhead hit the Yellow Fork Tail Prince near near the end of a nymph and swing tactic.

Hot Mid Afternoon Bite on the Rogue River 7-19-2017

For some reason the steelhead bite really came on in the afternoon on July 19, 2017. The fish sure kept me busy with the hookups coming fast and furious. I managed to catch some of the action on video. The fish were hitting small stuff like G.R. Hare’s Ear, Prince and Pheasant Tail Nymphs. The small nymphs were fished as the dropper fly off of larger, heavier Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymphs. Oh, and I did manage to land a humdinger of a hatchery steelhead. Fillets for the table!