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!!!!!!!!
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.
When I want a little practice playing fish before summer steelhead season comes on the Rogue River, I go to the high Cascade mountains for redband trout. These natives fight like summer steelhead. High leaping, long running and long endurance. In the location I fly fish they are all legal, the only requirement being “artificial lures and fly fishing only.” Practice on!
Click above to watch on Facebook. Casting the Spey rod for early summer steelhead on the Rogue River of Oregon.
From morel mushroom hunting to cutthroat trout on salmon flies, we are rowing the driftboat into June 2018. I’m still trying for spring salmon when I can however most of the time I’ll try angling for the dry fly cutthroat trout and the first early summer steelhead of the season. We caught no summer steelhead yet, but
have tallied a few nice cutthroat trout.
Even have a new dry golden stonefly creation. It is crafted along the lines of the Norm Wood Special.
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.
An average size Rogue River summer steelhead puts up a good fight in the near 3000 CFS water flow of July. Once again the bite came in the early afternoon after the water had warmed up a bit. The steelhead hit the Yellow Fork Tail Prince near near the end of a nymph and swing tactic.