October Colors Along The Rogue River

The Drifter 2

On the river. Blue bird skies and super, clear, low water. Lunker time!


Bright colored pheasant walk the shores of the Rogue River during October. Fly fishing and hunting, this is what is known as “cast and blast”



The bright male steelhead called “bucks” are arriving now They are larger than the female fish and more vividly colored.


Aggressive and hooked jawed, the buck steelhead take the large Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph well. In this instance, it was the Midnight Fire Carpetbagger Nymph.

Flies on the Rogue River – Steelhead Caddis


Bill McMillan’s Steelhead Caddis is a great fly pattern this time of year on the Rogue River of Oregon

Lower water, warm afternoons…if you want to hook a steelhead near the surface, this is a great fly to go to on the Rogue River this time of year. Tied on a size 6 Partridge Wilson hook.

Green-Butt Silver Hilton Spider

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.


Standard hook Green-Butt Silver Hilton Spider.s



Green-Butt Silver Hilton Spider Spey. Already one fish to it’s credit!

Rogue River Search and Find


I should add a few words about this fish. I put a lot of effort into finding one. I began early morning swing a GB Silver Hilton Spider. With no takers during that quiet and calm time, I switch attachments to a Carpetbagger and Prince Nymph. I then ventured to a couple other locations. Eventually I ended up back at the first spot. I switched a GR Hare’s Ear for the Prince Nymph. The silence of the morning had progressed to the light and glare of the afternoon. I fished deeper into a run than I like to go. Better to risk the difficulties of a steep slip of  bank than go home without the rewards of a catch or hookup.

August Rogue Weather


Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymphs stacking up and readily available.


This spate of extremely hot weather is bothersome and yet welcomed. I makes time to catch up with some fly tying. My bins are now full!

August Morning Rogue River Steelhead


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.