Half-pounder steelhead are still kicking in the Rogue River. Official Rogue River correspondent Greg Hatten sent the following report:
The Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue is different in winter. Nights are cold, the river is high and fast, it’s very quiet without boats and people, and the fishing…. well, we wanted to find out for ourselves. Four of us watched the forecast, looking for the right combination of weather and water over a weekend. Last week, when the five day showed a window of sun for the weekend with water levels below 2,000 cfs, we made the decision to go and arranged our shuttle (which had to take our rigs down to California and up because of snow on Bear Camp road).
We left Eugene at 5:30 a.m., drove 3 hours to Merlin, had a river-rat breakfast, and drove to Graves Creek Landing where we launched at 9 a.m. There was frost on the ground.
We covered 35 miles of river, ran 86 rapids with names, camped on the river two nights, had perfect weather, sipped single malt scotch, ate fresh fish every night with fantastic sides and had Oreo’s for dessert.
It was a nice combination of Natives to admire and release and hatchery fish to clean and eat, most of them between 16” and 20”.
Despite our best efforts and most attractive leaches, intruders, and big beautiful flies – we never raised an adult steelhead on this trip. Guess we gotta go back. And Dave and his dog ran all 86 rapids without a problem.
Pictures by Scott Volstedt… thanks Scott!!
By the way, the last time my friend Dave was on the Rogue, he lost his boat in Blossom, this was his first trip back.