Rogue Valley Smoke and Fire Nightmare

Last year at this time:

 

This year I need a gas mask as well as this new CamelBak water bag to take along flyfishing for summer steelhead.

 

 

 

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Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymphs Accounting for Some Nice Smallmouth Bass on the Umpqua River

Umpqua Smallmouth Bass

Mike Springer (fishing guide)’s client caught a very nice smallmouth bass flyfishing the Carpetbagger Nymph.

Switch Rod Hitting on the Rogue River

 

While the big Hornbrook fire burns north, west and east at the Oregon/California border, our sky is still clear and smoke free in the Rogue Valley. Day time temperature got up to around 90°F this afternoon. Winds were southernly. The water is clear and good looking, but no grabs today. I guess the big thing I can grouch about is the water flow. It is a mere 1630 CFS and about 58°F. Last summer there were high flows and the fish loved it. All I could muster today were several Chinook smolts on a Bead Head G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph.

Rogue River Summer Steelhead

 

I’m still searching for that early Rogue River summer steelhead. The river looks perfect, but I guess the number of early fish is not good enough yet. I had a double pull to a G.R. Hare’s Ear Beadhead Nymph today, so that was  very encouraging. I imagine that just like last year the first caught steelhead will come around July 1st. Click link, I’m casting a Scandi line.

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!