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: Long over due Rogue Report.

10-25-2002, 05:53 PM
October 24, 2002

Fishing & Hunting Report
River Outlook
ROGUE Summer steelhead fishing is very good in the Grants Pass area, where good schools of predominantly wild fish are starting to congregate near creekmouths and in riffles. Fresh steelhead continue to move into the upper Rogue, where more than 10,000 fish have already traversed Gold Ray Dam, (NOTE: THAT'S AS OF 19 SEPTEMBER!) while fall chinook fishing is winding down in the lower Rogue but some huge large-run fish are present.
Best bet for the weekend is back to summer steelhead angling downstream of the Applegate River, which is starting to get high concentrations of wild steelhead. Or, the upper Rogue upstream of Gold Ray Dam, where fishing remains open only to flies but catches of large summer steelhead are good.

In the upper Rogue, low flows (Running at 900 cfs and 45.2 degree water ... no more wet wading this season!) have been a boon to fly-casters who have used any of a number of streamers or nymph patterns to catch adults as high as 12 pounds. But water flows out of Lost Creek Lake are down to 45 degrees, which is very cold. The cold flows are meant to help keep wild spring chinook eggs incubating on their natural schedule, but they also have made for tougher fly-fishing action for those swinging streamer flies like tiger paws, silver Hiltons or green-butted skunks. That means nymph fishing is best, with ugly bugs, single salmon-egg flies or prince nymphs the top choices.

For fly-casters, use a floating line and 12-foot leader down to about a 6-pound test. Others can attach the flies to line on a spinning rod and use a float, but no weights or swivels are allowed. Fish the fast water downstream from spawning salmon.

And the topper was the fellow who decked a 71.5# Fall King on 7# leader (fly was my lower river fav. of a black body and chart. hackle). Thing that's interesting is there have been several 50 and 60# Kings already taken on fly rods out of the lower Rogue; this one was the 'capper' for the season.