My laptop has been acting up so i wasn’t able to write this as soon as i would of liked. But here goes my report from May 11th on the Rogue River. My day started out at 530am two hours after my alarm went off, oops. Luckily i wasn’t meeting Charlie at the boat ramp that day, instead i met him at one of our favorite holes. We had fished the night before and he had decided to camp out on the river to save on gas and to be out in the hole bright and early. I got in the boat and he informed me that a guide had shared his same hole and pulled a salmon out of it. When i got in the boat i could see the boat down in the next hole fishing. Then we seen them hook into their second salmon of the day. Kinda disappointing for us. But then right around 8am it happened! Charlie was busy wrapping a kwik fish or something, when i noticed his rod doing something different and i told him to look at. We had two rods out, mine had a wrapped kwik fish and his had a diver with eggs. The fish had been biting it for about 10 seconds before Charlie set the hook and the fight was on!He fought it for about 15 seconds before the fish headed down the rapid and he had to jump in the back of the boat in get on the oars, so the rest of the fight was all me. And this fish fought like no other fish iv ever had on the end of my line. We got down pass the rapid and we got the boat up on shore and Charlie got out so he could try to net it. But the salmon had other ideas. The drag wasn’t loose but it really seemed like it was, the way the salmon was pulling out 15lb line. I eventually had to say get back in the boat and lets chase this beast down, i wasn’t making any ground on it. By then it had been more then a few minutes and my arm was tired. Luckily we went down the river after it and not too long after we got it in the net. Turned out to be a small Spring Chinook Salmon, 26inches. I didn’t care though. It was my very first Salmon from a river and it was also the hardest fighting fish i ever caught! A couple other cool things about this salmon was it was the first one of the year in Charlies boat and also the first one hes got on a diver.Turned out third day in a row chasing the salmon was the charm. I must say fishing for salmon is way more frustrating then steelhead. These fish are famous for having lock jaw. Most people say they don’t bite. Ninety percent of the bank anglers fishing for them arnt getting them to bite when they hook one. Which makes it even sweeter when we get one to bite our offerings, because every day of salmon season you’ll see the banks lined up with yankees. And by yankees i don’t mean the baseball team. People on the banks arnt fishing in my opinion well most people, id say they are harvesting the salmon instead of fishing for them. A tiny bead, hook, and some weight is all they need to get into a beast of a fish. I guess if i wanted to feel the tug and put fish on the table id be out there lined up on the banks by the hatchery with the rest of them. But that’s not my crowd, combat fishing is what its called. And i have no desire to do it. All my salmon fishing will be done from a boat away from the masses. I have nothing against those who floss the fish or line them in the mouth, what ever you want to call it. But id much rather go bass or trout fishing where i know i can convince the fish to bite. So here’s to a fish that was caught the “right” way, he was a biter! Oh and before I go id like to give major thanks to my favorite fishing guide out there! Charlie Brown of FishingTheRogue.com
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The day before on the 4th, I fished with Charlie and his wife Rochelle, it was a really slow day for steelhead except for one take down that had to been at least a 15 pound steelhead. It was on for about a minute before it broke her off under a bridge. But before it had broke the leader it ran alot and jumped alot. It actually jumped completely out of the water sideways so we had a real good visual of it. Then when it did finally break the line it gave us one last look at it, when it did a victory jump. Charlie was really upset at losing such a big fish, but the big ones are hard to catch, so it happens some times. The next day he felt alot better about the whole situation and wasnt disappointed like he was the day before. We had to get back out there the next morning to get some redemption.
We had only been in the first hole 5 or so minutes and my line had only been in the water for 30 seconds when my rod started doubling over while still in my hand. I had a huge fish on! The fight only last about 15 seconds. The fish got to the surface and started thrashing around and that was the end of that as my leader snapped. I didnt check the drag on my reel as it was way too tight, lesson learned and also one of Charlies favorite plugs lost! Major bummer. About 40 minutes later my rod gets slammed again in the same hole, it felt like a real nice one. Charlie grabbed the other rod and proceeded to reel it in to get it out of the way. But when we got it in the line was tangled around mine, so he had to do some quick thinking and cut the line off of mine really quick. While this was happening my line went limp like the fish got off, but it must of been just laying in the hole chilling. Because when the line was off and i started reeling in he came back alive and started jumping in the middle of the rapid and the fight was on again! But we had to pull anchor and go after him. While we were floating down the rapid the line went limp once again and thought again that i had lost it. Moments later the fight was on again! We got anchored up at the bottom of the rapid and i fought the steelhead for a few more minutes until we were able to land him. It was a real nice wild steelhead buck, probably about 29inches and real healthy looking. We let him go after we got a quick picture or two, hopefully he found a mate and made some baby steelheads. That ended up being our only fish of the day. We floated to Casey Park twice and the second pass through big butte creek had cleared good enough to where we could of floated to Rogue Elk park. But we had to call it a short day at around 11am. Was another great day fishing with Charlie from Fishingtherogue.com If you want a good fishing trip contact Charlie and mention my name/blog for a really nice discount. Thanks for reading and tight lines!