Again the Early Afternoon is Good on the Rogue River of Oregon

An average size Rogue River summer steelhead puts up a good fight in the near 3000 CFS water flow of July. Once again the bite came in the early afternoon after the water had warmed up a bit. The steelhead hit the Yellow Fork Tail Prince near near the end of a nymph and swing tactic.

Low Water, Small Patterns

3/13/2013 On the Rogue River

On the Rogue River near Touvelle.

On the Rogue River near Touvelle.

The water quality is really improving on the Rogue River. The river is clearing and getting that steelhead green, fishy look to it, and we’re getting a few. I went 1 for 2 today. The other fish was found early morning and from what I got to see of it, was a good one. Fishing two small flies, so it took either a Prince or a G.R. Hare’s Ear. This fish took a Beadhead G.R. Hare’s Ear fished as the dropper off of a Midnight Fire Carpetbagger.

The Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear nymph is a good dropper fly.

The Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear nymph is a good dropper fly.

3/11/2013 River A

A relatively dry March has created low streamflow in the Rogue River and tributaries. I had to change up tactics recently while visiting a nearby waterway. Finding the waterflow at about 150 CFS in the upper reaches of the stream I geared down. Instead of the heavy, larger Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymphs I tied on a couple of my favorite smaller nymphs, the Beadhead G.R. Hare’s Ear and Brown Forked Tail Prince nymphs. I also geared the tippet down to 4X Maxima. It took a lot of searching to finally find a run that was holding a prime example of this stream’s pretty winter steelhead. I really don’t like to fish water this low, but when it is the best option for the day…

A dropper fly generally called the Prince.

A dropper fly generally called the Prince.

Applegate Steelhead

Small stream, wild steelhead.

A Prince for steelhead

A light, silver and dark Prince Nymph for the Rogue River

Here is a fly I can hardly wait to get back on Oregon’s Rogue River and cast for Fall steelhead. A steelhead fly version of the old Brown Forked Tail pattern almost always called the Prince Nymph. Of course there has to be the peacock herl body of the Brown Forked Tail. I hear of a fly fisherman from Grants Pass who almost all the time cast little more than a small fly consisting of a beadhead, peacock herl body, biot tail and with good success. Additionally for this “Prince” I choose light brown goose biot for the tail, quality silver for the rib and beadhead, a badger feather for the hackle and two white biots for the high sitting sissor wings. I can see this fly moving reluctant steelhead to bite from those small, shaded, bankside slots of the upper Rogue River.