This report is from either the 14th or 15th I dont remember exactly lol. Lately iv been doing really good when i go out after the steelheads, mostly because iv been fishing with a couple really good guys who know what they are doing and they are doing great at putting me on the fish! Thanks Charlie Brown and Phil Tripp. On this day I fished with both of them for the first time! Me and Phil planned on floating the river by the hatchery, then i got a call from Charlie saying he wanted to float from Dodge Bridge to Touvell Bridge. I hadnt done this float before and neither had Phil so we both were pretty excited to see some new water.
That would be Dodge Bridge. Phil got the first fish probably less then 15 minutes into the float. A real nice Half Pounder Steelhead, it hit a plug. The interesting thing abuot this fish was, when phil was reeling it in an Osprey was circling right above us waiting for a quick snack. It was pretty cool to see this bird 20 feet above us! We seen alot of really good looking water but since the water was higher then usual it was hard for us to fish it. We only got three fish to the boat this day, Phil got 2 real nice half pounders and a little trout. I got skunked, it happens to me some times, believe it or not. It was still nice to be out on the river and me and Phil got to see a bunch of new water, and he got to see how to take the rapids on this stretch. So it was a good learning experience.
And that would be Touvelle Bridge, the end of the float. Thanks for reading and tight lines!
Met Phil and his buddy from Happy Camp CA, Mario to do some fishing on the Rogue River. We met at the hatchery around 11am. We got down to the first hole and wouldnt you know Charlie Brown was anchored up in it plugging away. Before he seen us I yelled out ” Get out of our hole!!”. We anchored up 40 yards away so we could get our rods ready and chat and wait for him to leave the hole. He said he would get out shortly. But about 4 minutes after he said that they had hooked up on a nice chrome hatchery hen! Phil was pissed, i thought it was funny! They netted it and got out of the hole so we could fish it, they tagged it and took pictures and that was the last we saw of them that day. We stayed in the hole for over an hour then we finally had a take down. It came on my rod and I fought the beast for about 15 seconds then handed the rod over to the guest Mario, iv been catching alot lately so i dont mind when other people get to catch them too! This fish was pulling out a ton of line, it was a hawg. It went almost all the way down the rapid but then stopped. It must have seen the tree. I told Mario to try to pull it away from there then it was all over. Oh well. The big ones are hard to catch some times. After that all we could bring to the boat were half pounders and trout. I lost a great opportunity at a big one on our 3rd run of the day. Guess next time we’ll have better luck! No pictures this time. But i did do my first ever fishing video! I Used Windows Movie Maker to edit some clips i took with my camera. Since it also does ok video along with great pictures im gonna start making fishing videos! Gives you a better look into our fishing then just a picture. So enjoy and tight lines!