Message modified by administrator NSelbicky 11/22/2008, 19:14:22
Oregon's Rogue River steelhead will hit a variety of flies, but right now the Beadhead G.R. Hare's Ear seems to be the ticket for both adults and trout. Well I'm certainly finding a lot of them with that fly this November. The water flow has come down considerably since the recent rain, with the Rogue River's crystal clarity returning. The upper river temperature remains seasonably cold. Maybe that's why even hooking up with an occasional trout is reason to smile on some days.
A lot better reason to smile is hooking and landing a bright Fall adult steelhead with the Beadhead G.R. Hare's Ear. The steelies are beginning to show some beautiful color as is very evident in the crimson flush on this hen.
This pretty, colorful Rogue River steelhead took the Beadhead G.R. Hare's Ear nymph dropper fly as it was hanging directly downstream from the rod. The point fly was the heavier and larger Carpetbagger aka Selbicky's "Magic" Fly. I had first felt a couple trout nips. Then a longer cast of the flies past the "troutie location" into the heart of the narrow, bankside, hole brought a zip of a pull. The bright Rogue River steelhead was hooked and on. I felt weight and then the steelhead surprized me running straight up river. I hand stripped in line to keep tightly connected. The steelhead stopped, jumped once, and held in the current. I gathered the line quickly on to the Cabela's large arbor fly reel. Side pull of the rod, constant pressure, and no doubt the cold water soon allowed the landing of this nice steelhead in the slow water along the bank...RG
Neil Selbicky - Tyee Rogue Guiding & Flytying - Fishing & Guiding on the Rogue River in Oregon - 14 years and counting!
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