Woke up in the early hours on Halloween to fish at a local reservoir to us in Eugene area, with my friend Ted. The water is drawn down right now but the boat ramp is still very accessible as of then. Especially for us since we were in pontoons, but the lake this day also had two other boats on the water. We were getting pretty consistent bites with spoons and my first fish was actually a hard fighting cuttie. I have the two rod endorsement so along with a spoon I ran a plug. I ran a hot shot for awhile with no takes so I put on a small crayfish color mini fat rap and trolled that around. I thought about changing that plug out on more then a couple occasions, mostly because it wasn’t a floating plug and I wasn’t sure how far it was diving. I kept with and finally got hit, and when it did I thought my rod was snagged then I seen the fish come up and jump a time or two. Me and Ted both seen it was a good one then, and I had him come over to me and net it since I didn’t bring one. And luckily I did because right after it hit the net the plug came right out. It was a real nice 16″ hold over.
After that we found the the channel and tried to go up in it, turned out most of it had no depth to it so we left. On the way out my rod got buried and I caught another nice hold over on a spoon 17″ and fat with a tiny hook jaw. This one came on a Thomas Buoyant Spoon in silver, I was just running one rod at the time too because of the depth.
After that fish we kept on getting the average pellet heads on spoons. And there were quite a few fish hanging around the boat ramp, even a hatch when we were packing up. I wound up breaking off a trout on the mini fat rap, looked to be another good fish but broke my line after jumping. Damn 4lb mono!! I also wound up catching a nice 13″ stocker on the frog pattern hot shot, then not long after broke it off on a fish too. Was a good day of trout fishing as far as im concerned even with the lost tackle. Ted brought home a few small stockers, he caught plenty but no hold overs.
As always, Tight Lines! And thanks for reading.
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!
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!
Tuesday night Charlie “Steelhead” Brown, told me he was going fishing all day Wednesday and camping out and fishing Thursday too, since the weather was nice and his wife was busy with work. We met up at the boat ramp Wednesday morning around 730am and there was already a bunch of boats in the water. Not many bankies though, so we were able to run our plugs through chief hole pretty good. We were sitting plugging away in the middle of the hole, when a boat fishing bait at the top hooked one and the fish ran down past our boat. So we had to bring the rods in, after i got the first one in we looked at the other rod and we had a fish on our self’s! They were fighting the fish like it was a monster floating all the way down the hole, we achored up the boat and landed the fish real quick i think they even saw us do it really quick. The fish ended up being a real nice chrome hatchery hen, 7lbs.
We took our time fishing the holes after we got that fish in the boat. We did this because we couldnt shuttle back up to the top and also since so many boats were on the river the holes were beat to death. We made it down to Casey Park only a hole or two above where Charlie planned on camping for the night. Quite a few bankies were fishing here its a pretty popular spot. But we still managed to pull one out on plugs!!! This one was a real beautiful fish, and it was another hatchery hen, so charlie got himself some more bait! And i got my limit by 2pm.
Was an awesome day on the water as you can see. Fishing in a boat with a great guide, wearing a tee shirt and limiting out by 2pm. It dont get much better! I was walking back to my car and the ex police chief of Shady Cove actually gave me a ride to my car. Lots of nice people out here in the great state of Oregon. Ill leave you guy’s wit one last picture from this day. I was leaving and stopped off at the top of the slide hole and see Charlie at the bottom. I shouted to him and took his picture. He shouted back that he had just released a nice buck that he caught on roe! Make sure you check out Charlies site. FishingTheRogue.com. If you book a trip with him make sure you mention my name and or my blog. And you will get a really great discount!
Well thanks for reading! and Tight Lines to all!
Monday I met up with Charlie Steelhead Brown again. Charlie is a fishing guide and a white water guide. If you contact him about getting a fishing trip make sure you mention my blog and you will get a pretty good discount. Fishing The Rogue Guide Service. We met up before first light and were the first boat out but a couple bankies were out on the fishing deadline. A hour or two into the morning we had a take down but missed it. Then not long after we got another take down on the plugs that stuck this time. The fish ended up being an awesome bright chrome hatchery Winter Steelhead 8lbs and 30inches. A hawg! After that alot of boats with motors came down and the bite died off for us. Around 9am we were anchored up above the Crater Lake Highway bridge eating snacks and watching a fly angler on the bank. I had actually said “wouldnt it be nice to see him land one on the fly” only minutes later he hooked up with a steelhead. We watched him fight it for a minute before he yelled over at us to see if we would help him net it. Charlie is a nice guy and obliged, guess it was his first steely this year. I took his picture and told him to google me and my blog.
Charlie invited his friend Andy to come along too, but couldnt get there til a little before 10am. We didnt do alot of catching after andy got in the boat. I ended up catching my first fish while side drifting roe with yarn in the afternoon. I got 2 half pounders and my first Cutthroat trout ever, all while side drifting. Andy didnt have much luck this day, he only caught one fish a small salmon smolt, on a fly and bubble. When we got to Shady Cove near the end of the float we were pulling plugs and got one more take down on my rod. It was a little native steely we quickly released after a photo.
So i caught 2 steelhead and 3 awesome trout, the halfpounders were barely under 16 inches. Had an awesome day fishing with Fishing the Rogue Guide Service, if want a great day on the water contact Charlie. Thanks reading and Tight Lines!
Opps I meant Sunday. Me and Phil met up at 630am sunday to float the river and hopefully catch some steelhead. He had seen how well me and charlie did on Friday and wanted to go out again but he wanted to do the stretch we did, from the hatchery to Rogue Elk Park. He had never done it before and wanted just me in the boat so it would be lighter and easier to take the rapids. We made the float twice and both times werent too bad, the first time down we did wear life jackets though. We had a good time fishing, no catching though. We had two take downs and both didnt stick, the second one was only a half pounder we seen it come out of the water right before it came off. It was a good day of learning though for both of us.
Thanks again Phil! We’ll knock them dead next time.
Until next time… Tight Lines and be safe!
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!
Being a member of online fishing forums sometimes pays off with open seats on boats. This is really awesome because my boat has only been in still water so far. So any time i can get the chance to fish from a boat i take it! Wednesday was actually the first time iv fished from a drift boat. Phil Tripp aka Phil_Bud on the Oregon Fishing Forum offered me a seat on his really nice Fish Rite drift boat and we met up at 630am at the boat ramp. His buddy Kenji had drove up the day prior from California a few hours away to hang out and fish during spring break. We got to hole below the hatchery called corner pocket or sandy bottom im not sure what it is lol. Anyways Phil started out with his fly rod and not long after we got there he hooked up with a real nice steely, but the fight only lasted about 8 seconds before it broke him off, but by the bend in the rod it looked like a fatty. Not long after that Kenji hooked up with a half pounder steelhead on a spoon and released him. Then we fished for a long while before hooking up again, it wasnt until about 430pm. We were anchored up pulling plugs from the same hole but we only had one rod in the water at the time. About 20 minutes prior we had spotted a beaver so Kenji was looking for it and Phil was eating sardines so when the take down happened i was the only one watching the rod and shouted out “fish on!, fish on!” and then Kenji grabbed the rod and the fight was on! Phil brings two video cameras every time he fishes so not long after the fight started i started filming it and Phil got in the water so he could net it. So watch the video and experience it. Also watch Phil’s other videos on youtube he has some great videos, some even have the take down on film which is awesome.
Phil and I didnt catch any fish that day but even if we did we still wouldnt of had as much fun as watching Kenji catch his biggest fish ever, probably most beautiful fish ever too. I want to thank Phil again for taking me fishing. I had an absolute blast fishing with you two. Thanks to my readers as well id also like to thank the fish and the great state we live in! Tight Lines!