Rogue River Summer Steelhead Hot Trio of Flies

Carpetbaggers

The hot Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph patterns springing from the fly tying vise. Midnight Fire, Midnight Rainbow and Hot Orange Beadhead Copper/Gold/Black.

Dos Mojitos

Until all this forest fire smoke lifts and disappears, I’m not straying far from the house and filling my Rogue River fly bins.

Getting closer to September 1st and fly fishing only on the upper Rogue River. The hot Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymphs are being fashioned on the Renzetti fly tying vice.

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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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California Salmon River

Cal Salmon at Nordheimer Camp

Cal Salmon at Nordheimer Camp

 

Over the weekend I camped on the California Salmon River with Momentum River Expeditions. The above is the view I enjoyed from my sleeping tent.  This is a most beautiful wild river …one that you must see at some point. For those who seek adventure and thrills, the Momentum whitewater guides raft this river with respect and the confidence of years of  whitewater running practice. Spring chinook salmon once returned to the Cal Salmon in numbers.  Fishing on the river has been closed for over twenty years. Today the local Salmon River community works to restore the spring salmon, coho, and steelhead runs. Details of this salmon restoration effort can be found at the Salmon River Restoration Council’s website.

www.srrc.org

The Cal Salmon River tributary remains one of the most beautiful I have seen in the Klamath River basin.