High Mountain Black Morels 5/17/2017

Another good foray! Tuesday found me trekking the step slopes of the southern Cascade mountains in search of the black morel mushroom of the Rogue Valley area. Wintery weather of cold rain and high winds persisted throughout the hunt.

Neil Rogue Guiden on 5/16/2017

Rogue Guiden with largest black morel find of the day.

First of the Mountain Black Morels

Rogue Guiden with the First Blacks

Yes, they are starting to pop in the high Cascade Mountains. Here’s the first four black morels that I found along an old logging road.

The first of the mountain black morels are found on May 11, 2017. Let the treks into the high Cascades begin. To see more see the Morels 2017 page:

https://rogueriversalmonsteelheadboard.wordpress.com/morels-2017/

Easter Sunday Morel Hunt Along the Rogue 04/16/2017

 

Morels 2017 tab updated with more photos from the Easter Sunday morel foray. Quite a successful hunt, with the first of the nice wild asparagus found.

High Cascade Morels

They are there! The high mountain black morel fungi. We drove up a little earlier this year than in prior seasons. Just a hunch based on this Springs weather, and after evaluating last year’s mushroom foray records. The weekend just happened to coincide with the opening of trout season, but did not get to fish much as most of the morning was taken up with leg work on the damp mountain sides.

Trout and Morels

The Adams dry-fly. A good pattern to have for the early hatches on the Rogue River

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.

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)

Nice and fresh. The first of the Morchella snyderi (Black Morels of the High Mountains)

This small Oregon redband trout shows distinct par marks.

This small Oregon redband trout shows distinct par marks.

The Blacktail Mountains of the Rogue Valley

This is where the Blacktail will traverse to feed and bed. Here you stand a good chance of actually observing the “Ghost of the Forest.”

The edge between the cut and uncut forest. Blacktail deer habitat.

Hunting the blacktail deer buck, the grey and brown ghost of the southern Oregon mountains. Here is where they can be found during September and October on the steep sides of the high Rogue Valley mountains. You may need to look early, you may need to look late, but chances are good that sooner or later, here, you will catch a glimse of the “Mountain Ghost” of the Rogue Valley.