As the month of October rolls along the steelhead fly fishing gets better and better. Throw in a little early waterfowl hunting and you have a Rogue River treat that is hard to beat. The mallards fell during the dawning morning. Pretty sure they are local birds. There is not a lot of migration noted yet. The newly arrived hatchery steelhead is a sure sign that the Autumn run from the lower canyon is filtering in. Sure is fun to have a strong and pulling fish on the line again. An Agent Orange pattern accounted for the hookup in the bottom of a deep run during the warmth of early afternoon.
A freshly arrived Rogue River steelhead.
A pair of early season mallards and decoys.
The Agent Orange with speckled spandex legs.
Steelhead flies can be colorful and exotic concoctions of bird, floss, tinsel and thread.
Steelhead flytying can take you from the nuts and bolts of everyday hard working patterns, to the romance and beauty of fanciful creations. Indeed when you can’t get to the river, an hour or two at the vise can be just as rewarding as a day spent there. While this would not be the first fly I’d tie on for fishing an October Rogue River, there are times when fits of fancy cloud the practical thinking of the mind. The romance of swinging beautiful flies for one of the most magnificent of freshwater gamefish can be oh so tempting. The right stretch of river, the solitude of the moment, and the chance of that monumental hookup…these are reasons we create and play with our dressing at the vise. So on occasion we throw the old recipes away and pull out the boxes of pheasant, goose, duck, marabou, tinsels and silk and fashion creations that we dream will succeed. Somewhere, sometime, somehow…for time at the vise should be just as rewarding as time on the river.