A Couple Steelhead on the Rogue River, Oregon 11-8-2017

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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.

Three Minutes to Land a December Rogue River Steelhead

Found this fresh fall steelhead in a good high water run on the upper Rogue River. Recent showers have swollen the flow of the river, but the water remains clear. The fly was one of my new stonefly nymph patterns, the “au natural Carpetbagger Nymph.”

Try Fishing the Rogue River Early in the November Cold and Fog.

Rogue Steelhead

Hatchery Heft like the Orange Bead Head Brownbagger Stonefly Nymph.

November Colors

Yarn flies, slight wisp of orange, fished off a Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph work well now.

Sometimes called “Oh dark oh thirty”, arriving early in the November gloom and mist can pay dividents on the Rogue River, of Oregon.