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.
The winter fish are starting to arrive into the upper river. Over a third of the 247 winter fish count that have returned to the hatchery so far this year just arrived over the past week. With the current paltry 1300 CFS flow and the clearing water condition, hook up success has once more become possible. I’ve been finding mid-day and latter to be the best times. This is most likely on account of the cold mornings. The fish just need the water to warm up a little. The sun has been a bit bright as of late, but if you find the right water with secure conditions, the wary fish will take and sometimes almost like the summer run.
Just the other day a fresh winter fish surprised me while I was daydreaming inhaling a Bead Head G.R. Hare’s Ear nymph nearly at my feet. Time and again the G.R. Hare’s Ear has proved its worth regardless of the season. A great video on tieing this nymph pattern can be found below. I tie mine a little different with my own choices of particular materials. Regardless of what you use to tie the G.R. Hare’s Ear nymph it is a great fly.
How to Tie the Bead Head GR Hare’s Ear
by TightLines Productions
Interesting material source for that tail. Check the link below.
When A Fly Gets It Real…Field & Stream
And another Brown Stonefly Variation
Tied & Created by Neil Selbicky
Double Bead Brown Stonefly Nymph.
Build a Better Stonefly Nymph