Friday I hit the Upper Rogue in search of some summer steelhead. I was greeted by a family fishing the tailout I wanted to fish, so I patiently waited for them to leave. I fished the upper section of the hole for awhile with only one trout to show for my efforts, and pondered whether I was ever going to get to fish the prime spot. After a little while longer the family finally left so I slid into the tailout to give it a try.
It wasn’t 10 mins before I finally felt the tap-tap-tap of a fish. I set the hook, and instantly a silver rocket came exploding out of the air. The steelhead caught a good 4ft of air before returning to the water, only to come straight back out for another 4ft jump. As it shook its head wildly the hook popped out of it’s mouth, and that was all she wrote. I didn’t hook another fish for the rest of the evening, but that one fish left me with a video that keeps repeating over and over again in my head.
It’s moments like this that draw me back day after day to the sport that I love. Some may say that I have an addiction (which I probably do), but until you experience the adrenaline rush of a chrome rocket on the end of your line, you’ll never understand why it is that some one can be so hooked on fishing.
On another note…
I’d like to welcome our newest addition to the Guides Page…Rob Yuen. Rob has been guiding on the Southern Oregon rivers for 25 years and learned from some of the great old timers. He primaraly fishes for fall salmon and winter steelhead, so if you’re looking for a trip this coming fall be sure to check him out.