Cutthroats and Carpetbaggers on the Rogue River

Smoke from Oregon forest fires. 100°F in the shade. What’s not to like? Carpetbagger Nymph playing predatory insect, hunting Rogue River cutthroat trout and summer steelhead (if I can find one!) Today I saw a nice steelhead jump upriver in a hole I had just fished. I guess it wanted to take a look at me as I waded down river. Looked like a nice one, about 20 – 23 inches. Chrome sides and dark back! Next time!!!!!!!!

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Our First Winter Steelhead of 2018 (2-03-18)

Teri Selbicky hooks up the first winter steelhead of 2018. I helped her finally land it. For the first of February the weather is extremely nice. Air temperatures today got up to around the mid 60°F’s. The river CFS (cubic feet per second) is about 1560 and the afternoon river temperature is around 46°F. The bite came in the early afternoon to a small nymph swung with a Carpetbagger Nymph from the front of the drift boat. The water type was a sunlit, and gentle riffle at the top of a run, just like where you would fish during the early summer.

Just Beat the Lightening & Rain on the Rogue River, Oregon

Rogue River Summer Steelhead

Keeping a firm grip on this slipper one. I can hear the arriving thunderstorm. Time to make book and get back to the vehicle.

Arriving only 20 minutes earlier, the run looked good. A large Halloween Spey and Prince Nymph combo of flies rose nothing in the slow water of the hole. I switched to a single Yellow Fork Tail Prince Nymph and swung that fly through the fast and slow water. The hit came suddenly downstream at about 50 ° in the slower water. Fish on! A jump and four or five runs back into the fast water and finally she began to give up the ghost. Measured a true 25 inch, and such a sweet return to the Rogue River for me.  Water flow : about 1720 CFS    Air Quality : Improving, but still plenty of smoke overhead.      Arriving : A loud thunder and lightening storm with good rain that wet all before I could get back to the vehicle.

September Rogue Steelhead

Cabela’s switch rod and a Prince Nymph capture this bright Rogue River September steelhead.

No Play Foul Weather August

Chetco Bar Forest Fire

Source of the foul air in the Rogue Valley. The massive Chetco Bar Fire that should have never been allowed to get this far.

Rogue Valley Smoke Cover

Needless to say, all the smoke from the fires have effected the Rogue Valley air quality for weeks now. A late August photo from south Medford, Oregon.

Forest Fires Oregon

Although the biggest, there are a number of forest fires burning in Oregon.

Chetco Bar Fire

Igniting in a “wilderness area” back on July 2, 2017 the forest fire has run wild in the Chetco River drainage bordering the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and the town of Brookings Oregon.

Big Thunder and Lightening Storm on the Rogue River 8-08-2017

Sometimes you just can not let go. I had to catch that third summer steelhead. This day on the Rogue River of Oregon I wished I had called it quits early. Ignoring the brooding, building clouds, I got to experience first hand one intense and scary thunder with lightening storm.

August Cutthroat and Rogue River Summer Steelhead

More January reflecting. Thinking back on August when the Rogue River ran high but without the stain and cold of January runoff. Sure the river will continue it’s winter antics but the conditions overall are improving as we near February.

Here’s a lucky day during late August 2016 when a Hobo Spey and Midnight Rainbow Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph were the successful flies to use.