Not all fish are created equal. This small Rogue River hatchery steelhead goes back into the drink! Grow larger.
The water flow has lowered and the steelhead bite seems a little tentative. I felt several other steelhead “mouth” the fly. However I was a little slow on the hookup to the skinny water wary fish. Smaller flies have been the fish ticket. Try a size #10 Yellow Fork Tail Prince Nymph. A small G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph is a good second choice.
After a hard January, finally some fishable conditions on the Rogue River as February arrives. This may be a little window of opportunity and today was a good day to take advantage of it. Summer or fall steelhead, I don’t know, but this little hen was a fun, spunky catch. Still awaiting that first true winter steelhead on the upper Rogue River of Oregon.
A swinging fly for the Spey rod sporting golden pheasant and marabou wrapped Spey style.
No name for this Spey pattern yet, but I decided to do another with a little hotter color combination. The recipe remains the same. The tail and butt section remain pheasant, but this time it is the red of the golden pheasant flank. The balance of the body is yellow, orange and red marabou wrapped Spey style. The collar is of a golden pheasant tippet. The fly is winged with a couple goose wing feather strips.