Steelhead Flies

Gotta stay with some favorites like the G.R. Hare’s Ear. Found a new source of dubbing!
Another old favorite I just can not get away from tying for steelhead. The Brown Fork-Tail Prince Nymph.


My Brownbagger Carpetbagger is a take on this pattern called the Agent Orange. Good larger, heavy fly to use in a two fly offering.
Played around with legging material this winter. I like the spandex material legs best because they are easy to put bends in.
Another good small dropper fly that like the Hare’s Ear and Prince Nymph should see a lot of steelhead.
Found some old interesting green chenille in my material bins.
After hearing of some success with the green material in this form at the Modoc Bar in February, I tied up a few with silver beads to take along on my  visits there.
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The Calm Before the Storm (June Searching for Rogue River Summer Steelhead.)

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)

Southern Oregon Cascade Rainbow Trout

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!

 

Rogue River Rowing Into June 2018

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.

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First Morel Mushrooms of 2018 in the Rogue Valley

I found them today March 21st. The first day of Spring I believe. The report is featured in the Morels 2018 tab. Good hunting! By the way fly fished a few runs today. The river flow is still low.  No winter steelhead hooked. Just one nice Rogue River cutthroat trout who couldn’t resist a Beadhead G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph. The March Brown hatch was on.

 

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Morel Number One!

Happy to find this first morel after checking another spot, fly fishing two holes and no results. Then this!

December Fly of the Month

An Atlantic salmon fly pattern for Christmas Eve.

Santa’s Little Helper A Christmas theme Atlantic salmon fly pattern I came up with several years past. Though it’s never caught a salmon that I know of, I’m certainly sure it could. I just hope it fetches some Christmas Cheer. Santa’s Little Helper the December Fly of the Month.