Evening Steelheading

In case you haven’t heard yet, we’re in the midst of the best early summer steelhead return since 1984 here on the Rogue. There’s a lot of chrome swimming around, and these fish just so happen to be extremely aggressive. If you’re tired of the grind for salmon, I definitely recommend making the switch.

One of the best parts of fishing for early summer steelhead is that it doesn’t require waking up at 3am. In fact the evening bite can often times be better than mornings. Yesterday we took advantage of this, and hit the river after work.

We worked the second hole of the evening for quite some time. Being one of the most productive holes in the stretch, we knew that it was just a matter of time before one of the rods would go off. It took almost an hour, but finally the middle rod pounded down, and it was game on.

Eric's hatchery summer steelhead from the Rogue
Eric with his first summer run of the year.

After a few high-fives, we were back to working the same stretch. This time it was my rods turn, but even after doubling over the rod, the hooks didn’t stick.

We didn’t give up hope though, and continued to work the same area. It wasn’t until we neared the tailout and were about to reel in, that the next fish presented itself. This time Jeff was up to bat.

Jumping summer steelhead
She’s a jumper!

The hot acrobatic fish put on quite the show, but soon found itself in the net.

Jeff's Upper Rogue summer steelhead
They don’t come much chromer.

At that point we had to start making our way downstream, so we could takeout before dark. We still had one more little plug run to hit, and as luck would have it, there was a fish sitting in it. The fight was quite hectic as we had to try and coax the steelhead down the correct chute under the bridge, and it wasn’t wanting to cooperate. Luckily it finally chose the correct path, and we were able to corral the feisty native.

Native rogue river summer steelhead

Underwater release steelhead
Released to fight another day.

All in all it was a great evening on the river with the guys. In a short float after work we were able to average a fish an hour, and you can’t ask for much better than that. It’s extremely nice to not have to wake up at o’dark thirty and still be able to put a few fish in the boat.

Tight Lines….

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