Rogue River

Throbbit _Shane

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I met up again with Charlie Brown of Fishin The Rogue Guide Service. We were the first ones on the water except for a couple bankies sitting on the deadline. But a few boats were right behind us. We hooked up with a real nice one in the morning pulling plugs. It was a 8lb chrome bright hatchery hen! Fought real good. After that we picked up his buddy and things slowed down a lot. I then hooked up with 2 half pounders that were both fin clipped and under 16" so i didn't have to tag them :D I also caught my first cutthroat trout! all the little fish came while side drifting. Before we pulled out we got one more nice steelhead that we released, a real beautiful wild fish that took a plug. Another awesome day on the wonderful rogue river. If you want a good day of fishing contact Charlie he's a great guy!

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Dry fly action has been phenomenal on the Upper Rogue. Even sleeping in, leaving Medford after lunch and fishing during lazy-man hours (1–6pm) I have landed over 20 each day. They are not picky. Throwing terrestrials almost exclusively since they float so well and are easy to see. Foam flying ant is most productive. I tie mine with Z-lon wings and sparse ginger hackle behind the head, #16-#12. Foam hoppers get lots of takes but since a large fish in this area is 11 inches most don’t get hooked. Beetle patterns work also, but much fewer takes compared to the ant. I fish the ant by itself, and the hopper with a dropper. Swapped the dropper out a couple dozen times. By FAR most productive dropper was an olive general purpose nymph with a marabou tail rather than hackle or partridge fibers. Flash ribbing, partridge legs, mylar wing case, marabou tail, any size from #10 and smaller. Got this beautiful brookie on the hopper. Amazing grab, came a full foot straight up in the air with it. Average so far is about one brookie per ten bows. Plenty of fish anywhere I have stopped above Prospect. Haven’t fished Muir tributary or above yet...haven’t needed to go that far. Plenty of fish and plenty pooped by the time I get anywhere near there.
Hope this helps you out. Enjoy!!
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