For several years I’ve been tying old classic fly patterns on decorative hook pins for Christmas. Here are a few of my favorites. The hat pin hooks are not easy to tie on. There is a lot that you have to work around. Number one is avoid the sharp point of the pin. Ouch, but the results are sure worth it. The finished pins do look great worn on clothing lapel or hat brim.
Even with all the fancy fly choices you can fling out there, cold water Rogue River steelhead like Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymphs best. Maybe it is the wiggly legs? Maybe it is the cool New Age Chenille body colors? Maybe it’s the weighted bead head? Maybe all that real matters is that they work best in the waning months of the year! Try the Midnight Fire, Midnight Rainbow or Copper/Gold/Black chenille body colors. Try the bead head “Magic Flies” this November and December and don’t go home a big gobbler!.
Here is a steelhead pattern that I have had good results with lately. That was until an angry fish took the one and only in my fly box. So I have come up with two new entries for the fly box. I like the standard salmon/steelhead hook version, but I also thought an articulated pattern would be nice. So the Green-Butt Silver Hilton Spider Spey fly was wrapped around a Waddington Shank.
Took a while to find a upper Rogue River summer steelhead, but that I did. In the waning hours of the afternoon the pull came to a single Prince Nymph. Though I had fished several other promising runs earlier, this was the only water that gave up a fish. Surprising that what with the good, number of Fall Chinook salmon that were showing in this same water during the late light of the sunset.
September 6th and the weather is making a major change. From the heat of summer to the cool of fall in just a few days. A little overcast graced the early morning hour on the Rogue River. The river flow had dropped a little, no doubt on account the cooling weather had prompted the Army Corps of Engineers to do so. This second fish came only a few minutes after I lost the first on the Spey rod. The knot came unraveled to my Green-Butt Silver Hilton Spider after the first jump. Putting the Spey rod aside, I picked up my ready-to-go switch rod. Loaded with a Midnight Fire Carpetbagger and a Bead Head G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph it wasn’t long before I dredged up this chrome. No I didn’t find the Silver Hilton in its maw. Darn! Check out the second steelhead that jumps all on it’s own during the fight with this beauty. The jump comes at about the 58 second mark. Maybe that fish has the Silver Hilton?