Monday, November 17, 2014

Rogue River Steelhead are coming out to play!

The Rogue Is fishing well if your willing to get your flies down. Other than a few shallow runs, I have switched to skagits. The river is in its annual cooling stage and the fish are becoming more and more like winter steelhead. Of course Nymphs are fishing well. Stick to stoneflies up front, and match the hatch behind. Don't be afraid to throw the small stuff. 
Swinging is becoming more technical, you have to hit the slots and keep your fly in the fishes face as long as you can. I like fishing big flies this time of year, mostly blue and black.  I continue to use these techniques until the river starts to rage again in the spring, but don't be afraid to throw the scandi back on when the sun warms a run enough that you to see fish activity. Even with the colder water, I have caught several fish in the top half of the water column when conditions are right. 
If you're close to the Rogue, get out there! There are a ton of fish!   
Steve's first Steelhead ever!
Tammy with a freshy
Tammy is a fish Magnet!
Another nice fish!
Bob getting into the action!
Pile of LTS Rods! what a great time testing some new

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Fishing with Ard and Nancy Stetts...what a great time!

I had the pleasure of fishing with Ard, his wife Nancy, and their dog Boss yesterday.  We had a great time on the river and touched a few fish, but the true fun was listening to their stories about fishing and their Alaskan life style. For those of you who don't know, Ard is the owner and operator of Life on the Line out of South Central Alaska. He carries the smooth stature of a seasoned Alaskan, something I found to be a breath of fresh air as people like the Stett's are a rare commodity in the lower 48. I always thought it would be fun to hire Ard as a guide, but now a trip with him has moved into my bucket list. Thanks for coming down guys and thanks for spending the day with me on The Rogue.

Ard swinging Takelma

Nancy and Boss takin a break

Best Sight in the world....Boat full of Speys!