End of November 2018 on the Rogue River (fresh steelhead!)

 

The river flow was lower yesterday when I fished. Overnight December rain has brought it up a bit. Still looks good for fly fishing and wading. Yesterday flow was about 1300 CFS and cold and low.

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Rogue River Oregon Intruder Flies

Intruder August

Purple and Black Intruder pattern tied on a 55 mm Waddington Shank. Real Eyes, sparkle, marabou, ostrich, golden pheasant, Lady Amherst’s pheasant and Jungle Cock nails adorn this beauty.

 

Switch Rod Hitting on the Rogue River

 

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.

Rogue River Summer Steelhead

 

I’m still searching for that early Rogue River summer steelhead. The river looks perfect, but I guess the number of early fish is not good enough yet. I had a double pull to a G.R. Hare’s Ear Beadhead Nymph today, so that was  very encouraging. I imagine that just like last year the first caught steelhead will come around July 1st. Click link, I’m casting a Scandi line.