A cold December day that caught me by surprise. No surprise to myself that I was going to catch steelhead. The first run that I fished was no good, and I left pretty quickly on account of the cold air. A little hike was necessary to get to the next spot. This run felt better as the noon sun was lighting the water. I worked down the hole and near the tail out was rewarded with a stop. The steelhead put up a good fight and I was happy to see that she had taken the very small fly I had tied on. Cold, clear water sometimes means small flies! I soon found that the chill of the day had numbed my finger tips as I struggled to remove the fly!
After a quick break for a peanut butter lunch, I went back to casting. Wasn’t too long before another fish was on, and this time leaping his way down river. I landed the buck steelhead and found that this one had taken a larger Carpetbagger fly with the hot orange bead head. Fishing a couple other holes, I found the cold daylight waning, and I beat a hike back to the car. Multiple fish on!
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 the difficulty of tying around the pin and it’s keeper. Number one is avoid the sharp point of the pin. Ouch! Almost any fly pattern can be tied on fly pin. I’m looking forward to trying a few new patterns this year!
Considering all the snow, ice, rain and high water of early January this year it is good to reflect back on the warm days and hot fish of summer on the Rogue River, Oregon. Early morning wet wading. Oh what a treat. It will be a while until we can do this again. In the meantime keep an eye on the weather and river flow. Winter steelhead fishing is next on the Rogue agenda, and with the high water flows, fish could be trickling in sooner than expected.
A diminutive Brown Fork Tail Prince Nymph working well. I like the pattern with a slight, yellow-brown tail. Today I was using the pattern on the size 10 hook.