9 Out Of 10 Rogue River Steelhead Prefer…A Carpetbagger Nymph (instead of turkey) For Thanksgiving

Even with all the fancy fly choices you can fling out there, cold water Rogue River steelhead like Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymphs best. Maybe it is the wiggly legs? Maybe it is the cool New Age Chenille body colors? Maybe it’s the weighted bead head? Maybe all that real matters is that they work best in the waning months of the year! Try the Midnight Fire, Midnight Rainbow or Copper/Gold/Black  chenille body colors. Try the bead head “Magic Flies” this November and December and don’t go home a big gobbler!.

Native Rogue River steelhead released to fight again.

Native Rogue River steelhead released to fight again.


The Brownbagger – Rogue River Steelhead Fly


Soon the Spring Chinook salmon will be spawning on the Rogue River, Oregon. The Brownbagger with it’s hot orange bead will tempt many a hungry steelhead.

Early August Evening Steelhead

Hooked up again with the Carpetbagger and Bead Head G.R. Hare’s Ear team.



The Rogue River Collection – New fly box featuring my top patterns for Rogue River summer steelhead.

Little River , Big Fish

Little chance to get over the hill to fish there this season with all the high water.  The chances are that it will shape up before the close at the end of the month. Here’s a fighting buck landed on the last day of the month a couple of years ago.

Upper Rogue River February Steelhead

Brown Forked Tail Prince Nymphs

A good attractor pattern in size 8 or 10.


This nice Rogue River winter steelhead took a size 8 Brown Fork Tail (Prince) Nymph under murky, high, February water conditions.


I’m all smiles on this sunny February day with a hatchery, Rogue River winter steelhead. A Brown Fork Tail Nymph fished in tandem with a Carpetbagger Nymph was the ticket to this hookup!

Time for some Fly Rehab

Even good Rogue River steelhead flies like the G.R Hare’s Ear and the Carpetbagger Nymph need time off for rest and recuperation. Take a look at this past weekend’s successful guide patterns. The Midnight Fire Carpetbagger lost all it’s rubble legs. The G.R. Hare’s Ear still looks like it might hook a fish…even though it lost a tail. In fact it did accounting for a large buck steelhead hooked in the waning hour of the afternoon. Good strong hooks can be stripped and retied on. That and a bit of retouching to the hook point with a file are warranted for this pair.