An old pattern from the Penobscot River region of Maine. Originally intended for trout and landlocked salmon, the fly was found to be good for smallmouth and largemouth bass as well. Perhaps steelhead would fall for this fly too?
The Alaska Mary Ann fly pin is of a classic fly first tied in the 1920s by Frank Dufresne. The color scheme for the fly he derived from the red and white carved-ivory ice-fishing decoys that the native Eskimos made.
I tie old classic fly patterns on decorative hook pins for Christmas. Here are a couple of my favorites. The hat pin hooks are not easy to tie on. There is a lot that you have to work around. Important is to avoid the sharp point of the pin when wrapping thread and materials. Ouch!
Yesterday’s steady rain throughout the Rogue Valley brought the Rogue River flow back up considerably. Except in the far upper reach, the river now doesn’t warrant a much of a visit; and besides that, the showers are expected to continue today.
Looks like a hockey stick to me. Up to nearly 4000 CFS. The steelhead color must be gone with all that dirty flow from the tributaries.
The Adams dry fly. A good pattern to have for the early hatches on the Rogue River
Winter steelhead season ended so quickly, it was as if it didn’t happen. There are many ways to celebrate Spring, and two that are very fun are bug hatches and wild mushrooms. You might think it might be hard to combine the two, but between the river and the high mountains there are many opportunities.
The morel hatch on the valley floor had to come to an end eventually. Prospecting for fishing location never does. I came across these past-prime valley floor morels while bushwhacking a new stretch of river. Mental note to return earlier next year for a chance at them while they are still fresh.
While out fishing the Rogue River I found these old morels. A new spot. I’ll have to check back earlier next year.
Since then the fishing and morel hunting has moved up into the higher elevations. With the opening of the general trout season many small waters are open to fishing. When they just happen to border with a morel area, so much the better.
Though these are low-key fishing adventures, they are memorable for the mountain solitude and scenery. If you, like me, savor the wild, there’s nothing like mountain redband trout and black morels in the Spring.
Nice and fresh. The first of the Morchella snyderi (Black Morels of the High Mountains)
This small Oregon redband trout shows distinct par marks.
There are still a few good summer steelhead showing in catchs on the upper Rogue River, and with the early February warm up, the trout and cutthroat trout have become more active. I connected with this good size Rogue River steelhead the other evening casting the orange beadhead Carpetbagger Nymph (AKA the Brownbagger).
This February Rogue River fish came to the orange beadhead Brownbagger.
The orange egghead Brownbagger is a good pattern to use now on the upper Rogue River.
I also had on my leader a G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph as the second fly. So given the choice the steelhead went for that glint of orange on the larger fly. Not surprisingly several good size cutthroat trout have also hammered the Brownbagger pattern. The smaller G.R. Hare’s Ear pattern has been hooking it’s fair share of trout and smaller cutthroat. I noticed the trout rising actively to a hatch the other day. February insect activity! I sometimes try to match the hatch with a dry fly like a small BWO, Humpy or Adams. Fun when you encounter the right situation, and surprising when you hook up with something larger than a mere smote. This requires changing your tippet size accordingly to the small dry fly size. Not really something I want to do when fishing a large Spey rod or even the switch stick. Most often I’ll just simply add a appropriate dropper, a small G.R. Hare’s Ear or Prince Nymph and swing my flies through the riffle where the hatch is apparent. That way I’m still covered if a larger steelhead is present and decides to take. Hopefully, with a steelhead, it will be the larger fly with stronger leader that is taken!
A nice cutthroat trout. Note the BWO natural on the bottom rock.