While the big Hornbrook fire burns north, west and east at the Oregon/California border, our sky is still clear and smoke free in the Rogue Valley. Day time temperature got up to around 90°F this afternoon. Winds were southernly. The water is clear and good looking, but no grabs today. I guess the big thing I can grouch about is the water flow. It is a mere 1630 CFS and about 58°F. Last summer there were high flows and the fish loved it. All I could muster today were several Chinook smolts on a Bead Head G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph.
Click above for video. Rogue River flow – 1810 CFS. Temperature – From 52°F to 61°F.
Steelhead count at the Cole Rivers hatchery = 130 (June 20th)
What do you get when you cross a crawdad with a grasshopper?
Finally the landing.
Caught on the Crawhopper Fly.
A perfect 18.
When I want a little practice playing fish before summer steelhead season comes on the Rogue River, I go to the high Cascade mountains for redband trout. These natives fight like summer steelhead. High leaping, long running and long endurance. In the location I fly fish they are all legal, the only requirement being “artificial lures and fly fishing only.” Practice on!
I found them today March 21st. The first day of Spring I believe. The report is featured in the Morels 2018 tab. Good hunting! By the way fly fished a few runs today. The river flow is still low. No winter steelhead hooked. Just one nice Rogue River cutthroat trout who couldn’t resist a Beadhead G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph. The March Brown hatch was on.
Happy to find this first morel after checking another spot, fly fishing two holes and no results. Then this!
Landed three all on my Yellow Fork Tail Prince Nymph. One of the steelhead was my largest of the Fall so far. Hooked in a very difficult place, I had to deep wade down river to get to the filming spot. The fish ran way down stream almost to the spill over of the tail out. I was expecting a wild, native Rogue River steelhead. Surprise! She was a nice 26 inch hatchery hen.
A couple steelhead caught on an early morning hike on the Rogue River, Oregon. Dim light is alright!