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