While the big Hornbrook fire burns north, west and east at the Oregon/California border, our sky is still clear and smoke free in the Rogue Valley. Day time temperature got up to around 90°F this afternoon. Winds were southernly. The water is clear and good looking, but no grabs today. I guess the big thing I can grouch about is the water flow. It is a mere 1630 CFS and about 58°F. Last summer there were high flows and the fish loved it. All I could muster today were several Chinook smolts on a Bead Head G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph.
Click above for video. Rogue River flow – 1810 CFS. Temperature – From 52°F to 61°F.
Steelhead count at the Cole Rivers hatchery = 130 (June 20th)
For some reason the steelhead bite really came on in the afternoon on July 19, 2017. The fish sure kept me busy with the hookups coming fast and furious. I managed to catch some of the action on video. The fish were hitting small stuff like G.R. Hare’s Ear, Prince and Pheasant Tail Nymphs. The small nymphs were fished as the dropper fly off of larger, heavier Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymphs. Oh, and I did manage to land a humdinger of a hatchery steelhead. Fillets for the table!
Two for three today all on a size #14 Pheasant Tail Nymph (my tie). I’ll take that back. That big third steelhead which threw the hook after streaking across the river and then making a big leap, my have taken a size #8 Yellow Fork Tail Prince Nymph. Why? Because that is what I had on.
Boy did I get into them yesterday for the first time this summer. On my solo visit to the Rogue River I went 0 for 3 on the silver, chrome rockets. Took out a few trips earlier this month in the Drifter but could connect with nothing but trout. Yesterday’s visit was nothing but steelhead bites. I hiked one of my better trails to the river. The mosquitos are still bad, but the hot fishing in hot weather made it all good! The hot fly was my Yellow Fork Tailed Prince Nymph. The steelhead love it!