Rogue River Steelhead Flies (Guide Flies)

Classic Fly Pins For Wearing – $8.95 each (Ask about custom fly pins. Most fly pattern request accepted.)

 

 

Rogue River Steelhead Flies for Hooking and Catching Them – $1.95 each (For standard hooks size 12 – 1/0.)

The Midnight Rainbow Carpetbagger Nymph. My all time favorite choice. An Ugly Bug varient representing a stonefly nymph.

The Midnight Rainbow Carpetbagger Nymph. My all time favorite choice. An Ugly Bug varient representing a stonefly nymph.

Midnight Fire Carpetbagger also known as the "Magic Fly"

Midnight Fire Carpetbagger also known as the “Magic Fly”

A Carpetbagger style nymph with brown body and orange bead. Very good fly.

The Brownbagger. A Carpetbagger style nymph with brown body and orange bead. Very good fly.

The Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear nymph is a good dropper fly.

The Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear nymph is a good dropper fly. Add a beadhead and you have a great fly for the Rogue River.

A dropper fly generally called the Prince.

The Brown Forked Tail. A good dropper fly that is generally called the Prince.

 

The Herniator. All copper version. Copper Diamond Braid, Krystal Flash and Bead Head.

The Herniator. All copper version. Copper Diamond Braid, Krystal Flash and Bead Head.

"The Silver Hilton"

The Silver Hilton originated around 1950 and bears some resemblance to the Skunk. The Silver Hilton is one of my favorite flies for swinging on the Rogue.

"The Green Butt Skunk"

Another good steelhead pattern and one that originated in the 1930-1940 time period was the Skunk. The popular green butt variation remains widely used today.

Bill McMillan's Steelhead Caddis, a good pattern for hot summer and fall days on the Rogue.

Bill McMillan’s Steelhead Caddis, a good pattern for hot summer and fall days on the Rogue.

 

My Steelhead Caddis Emerger. Fish this "wisp" of a fly just like you would a Steelhead Caddis.

My Steelhead Caddis Emerger. Fish this “wisp” of a fly just like you would a Steelhead Caddis.

Intruder and Articulated Style Steelhead Patterns – $3.95 each

Purple and Black Intruder (Real Eyes or chain eyes)

Purple and Black Intruder (Real Eyes or chain eyes)

Hot Pink Intruder (Real Eyes or bead chain eyes)

Hot Pink Intruder (Real Eyes or bead chain eyes)

14 thoughts on “Rogue River Steelhead Flies (Guide Flies)

  1. Neil ties awesome quality flies! They hold up incredibly well for the hard core. I landed 5 steelhead on the same BH Prince he tied for me before the last Buck Steelie finally shredded it.

    • Not really. Just call the contact phone number or email at tyeeflies.com. Custom flies and challenges are desired. Perfection is the result.

  2. I was glad to find my father Gene Rizzi’s “Blue Boy” on this site. I have used this pattern with everything from Pistol River Steelhead to Grayling in Slovenia to Brook Trout here in North Carolina with success. Thank’s for including dad’s contribution here in your pages.

    • I was happy to discover and learn about your father’s lower Rogue River fly patterns. I think it would have been wonderful to live and originate fly patterns like he did during that time frame on the lower Rogue River, Oregon. I added a little more dialog to that post and it goes as such:

      The Blue Boy was devised as a single-hook, single wing pattern for the lower Rogue River by Gene Rizzi in the 1970’s. It was a sunshine, middle of the day fly. Gene Rizzi, known as Mr. Coal Riffle on the lower Rogue River, also developed the Yellow Fever an early or late low-light steelhead pattern.

      To be called by “local name” for a riffle on the lower Rogue is a high compliment. Indeed you father most have been one of the early deans (masters) of the river.

  3. I am new to Southern Oregon and fishing the Rogue/Applegate/Illinois River. I am looking for tips on patterns. Any suggestions for summer season? Are you still selling flies?

  4. Carpetbaggers! The Midnight Fire, Midnight Rainbow and Brownbagger (copper, black, gold chenille with orange bead head) are all great choices. They are what I have been using all summer. They are great for getting down the smaller patterns like G.R. Hare’s Ear, Prince and Pheasant Tail nymphs which will also catch the steelhead attention. As a matter of fact, I think more of my captures have come to the smaller nymphs. In any case make sure your offering has a bead head. Gold preferred, except on the Prince Nymph and Brownbagger.

    As for rivers, I’d only fish the Rogue River during the summer. The Applegate and Illinois river are winter rivers good for winter steelhead, which of course we know come in during the winter months.

    All the above mentioned patterns are shown on this page. Yes, I do tie them for consumption. I can be reached at tyeeflies@charter.net. – Neil

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