97°F on the Rogue Valley floor. Much cooler in the Cascades. Time to go morel hunting before they disappear for another year.
Another good foray! Tuesday found me trekking the step slopes of the southern Cascade mountains in search of the black morel mushroom of the Rogue Valley area. Wintery weather of cold rain and high winds persisted throughout the hunt.
A week of cold and wet weather in the Cascades made for good hunting for mountain trout and morels. The early morning fog and mist proofed perfect conditions for some hot trout action with flies. One new tie, the Red Wire Worm, proved on it’s debut that it was worthy of the wily redside trout. Along with the Hot Bead Sowbug, the flies connected during a steady two hour bite. This time I increased my leader’s strength from 5X to 4X. I lost no feisty fish to breaking the tippet. I did lose several of the beefy acrobats to their wild and numerous jumps and leaps.
The morels keep coming. We looked over an area we had searched a week before and did even better this time. A lot to be said for mid-May adventure in the Cascade Mountains.
They are there! The high mountain black morel fungi. We drove up a little earlier this year than in prior seasons. Just a hunch based on this Springs weather, and after evaluating last year’s mushroom foray records. The weekend just happened to coincide with the opening of trout season, but did not get to fish much as most of the morning was taken up with leg work on the damp mountain sides.
Still looking good. Just a couple days ago checked a deep woods pocket and had quite a good