January Reflecting

Considering all the snow, ice, rain and high water of early January this year it is good to reflect back on the warm days and hot fish of summer on the Rogue River, Oregon. Early morning wet wading. Oh what a treat. It will be a while until we can do this again. In the meantime keep an eye on the weather and river flow. Winter steelhead fishing is next on the Rogue agenda, and with the high water flows, fish could be trickling in sooner than expected.

A diminutive Brown Fork Tail Prince Nymph working well. I like the pattern with a slight, yellow-brown tail. Today I was using  the pattern on the size 10 hook.

Earth Day on the far upper Rogue

My guest for the day works the slow water with a spey rod.

Beautiful weather for this April 22nd day on the upper Rogue. The water is cold, and you can see how low the flow is. By this time of the year there are plenty of steelhead up in this stretch of the Rogue River.

The first glimpse of a silver rocket as you work it towards shore.

Always a welcome sight…to see that long slice of silver fish.

The final pull towards shore.

A pretty conventional spot to land a steelhead with a fly rod. Wait till you see the next photo.

Some of the far upper Rogue requires being able to negotiate big rocks and holes.

Some of this upper Rogue stretch of water offers a real hiking problem. Jumbled rocks the size of small boulders hinder the fly fisherman in many ways. Not only is it hard to get to them, but in some instances how best do you get them in once you do?

Say bye bye Mr. Steelhead!

The fly patterns that worked well today were the Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph and the Beadhead G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph.