Thank God It’s Steehead. Friday I went fishing with Charlie Brown. Not the one your probably thinking of but Charlie “Steelhead” Brown of Southern Oregon. Charlie is the owner of Fishing the Rogue Guide Service. And I must say fishing with him is a blast. I got a call from him friday morning saying to meet him at Rogue Elk Park at 3pm out on the river where the boat ramp is. When we got to the hatchery boat ramp i seen Phil’s truck and trailer there and knew he would probably be anchored in his favorite hole and when we got down there i was right. We passed them by then floated to the next stretch and I seen a couple more guys i knew but were fishing from the bank, it was raining good so most of the guys out were hardcore and i knew most of them. We got down past the slide hole, which is one of the last holes bank anglers have public access too. Down past there the fishing got better for us because the pressure is way less, up higher it gets hammered from all the bankies. Probably around 430 we got into the first steelhead a bright chrome hatchery hen. It gave me a great fight, went all the way down then stopped at the rapid and i reeled her back up so Charlie could net the beauty.
It felt great getting that fish. My first steelhead in about 5-6 weeks. The last one came on Valentines Day. But this was probably my most bright fish so far this year ( the brighter they are the better the meat they will have) That 27inch chromer was the best tasting steelhead iv had yet. Not long after catching that one we were plugging the river coming up on a rapid so i grabbed the rod and started bringing it in when a steelhead slammed the plug, my friend charlie didnt beleive it at first that it was a fish. He pulled over and dropped anchor so i could fight the fish like we did last time. But this time the left oar hit a rock and popped out and started floating down the river while i was fighting a fish. These drift boat oars arnt cheap so charlie pulled his spare oar out and I tightened the drag on the reel so it would be a quick fight. We fought the fish on the run, floating down the river, we got it netted quickly and then we switched our attention to finding the oar. We spotted it in the middle of the river then it ended up getting stuck in a eddy for a little bit and we eventually got it when it came out of the eddy. After i tagged that 28inch hen we only fished one more hole with one rod because i was limited out and couldnt fish anymore. We wound up getting one last take down on a plug but it didnt stick seemed like a good strike too.
Wound up being an awesome short day on the river. Got my first limit of steelhead and my first fish on a plug, also was my first time using baitcasting set ups. I suggest if you want a good day on the river and want to learn alot, and be put on the fish. Get a hold of Charlie! He’s a great guy and an awesome guide. He has more white water experience then he does steelhead experience so you will be more then comfortable going down all the rapids on the river. And he even has a propane heater in the front! Make sure you check out his website and if your interested in a trip make sure you let him know soon. It’s almost time for spring salmon, and winter steelhead is great right now! FishingTheRogue.com
Thanks for reading and Tight Lines!