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.

August Cutthroat and Rogue River Summer Steelhead

More January reflecting. Thinking back on August when the Rogue River ran high but without the stain and cold of January runoff. Sure the river will continue it’s winter antics but the conditions overall are improving as we near February.

Here’s a lucky day during late August 2016 when a Hobo Spey and Midnight Rainbow Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph were the successful flies to use.

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.

Waterfowl Hunting Along the Rogue River

A new pursuit. A new passion. After years of observing plentiful waterfowl along the Rogue River I became interested in hunting them. Three years ago I began carrying a light, single-shot shotgun along on fall steelhead flyfishing adventures along the river. The results were good. Despite the single-shot refusing to fire during sub-freezing weather, I got a few ducks. The next year I upgraded to a CZ Mallard o/u 12 gauge. The over & under shot straight and did not fail during freezing conditions. Again I put a few ducks in the freezer. This year I got my first pump, and even went so far as to devote some of my time on the river to just duck hunting. Lets just say that waterfowling can grow on one and become an addiction just as much as flyfishing for Rogue River steelhead.