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First Steelhead And Only Steelhead of 2012!

Well I cant say I pursued Steelhead or Salmon much last year or even this year, although I did land a open seat on the Columbia River last year and managed to catch my first Columbia URB (Up River Bright) Fall Chinook. I did fish for Steelhead probably a handful of times during the summer but most were while I was floating in the river in my pontoon. Still getting the hang of river fishing, especially for these tricky anadromous fish.

12-28-2012 : I met up with Oregon Fishing Forum member hawgcaller aka Patrick. We met up in Eugene a couple hours before sunrise to head to the North Fork Alsea. This was my first ever time to this river and second or third time fishing for Winter Steelhead that season. Our first stop was the hatchery and I was kinda disappointed with all the people there, they were just standing around bull shitting because it was still too early too fish. We wound up getting all of our stuff together and walking down the road in the dark to a spot Patrick had seen last time he was there. Which turned out to be a bad idea. We fished for a half hour or so when an older gentleman approached us told us we need permission and a badge to fish the water we were in. Patrick gave him the explanation that we were below the high water so there for we weren’t trespassing on anyone’s property. The old man wasn’t having it though so we packed up and left before it became a situation. 

So after that we pretty much drove around looking for a place to wet a line that didn’t have a whole bunch of people around. We found a spot that we thought looked fishy and there was just one guy in the hole below us. Patrick was using various things, bobber and jigs and bobber and eggs were the main thing, along with drift fishing and throwing hardware. Me on the other hand stick to two techniques while steelhead fishing usually. Spoons and Spinners. And on this day the Spinner came through for me, on a locally made spinner Knd Custom Tackle Sprocket Spinner I think it was the nickle blade with a purple body, but it may of been a blue body too haha. This was our only fish of the day which was fine by me, steelhead fishing to me is more about the adventure then actually catching one, like they say catching is a bonus. It was cool catching a steelhead in such a small river, I’m used The Rogue River where you cast what seems like like 50yds plus out and let the river work the spoon for you. Here it’s a much different game and with a whole lot more anglers, probably a fishery ill only do a few times during the season just because of all the pressure. 

 

The video is started when the fight is pretty much over. Patrick had his camera on him and got 10 seconds of video then his battery died so he found my camera in the tackle bag and started filming. Almost didn’t post the video because of how I fumbled the steelhead back into the river but then some how managed to grab it again so I could get my picture with it. Well anyways hope to hook at least one more in the upcoming season which starts on the 1st of December. Thanks for reading and Tight Lines! 


Blogging Again! Version 4.2

Iv decided to take this blogging stuff serious once again. No slacking, anymore. Ill be updating some old post and also adding new post from this past year. Look forward for some really sweet reports, pictures, and videos. And Ill hopefully be doing some contests and other cool stuff, so be ready! So But for now Iv got some good news Id like to introduce my newest sponsor, The Creek Company. Iv been using one of their pontoon boats for about three years. And iv caught many nice fish from it and had many more nice days on the water, whether it be a river, lake or a pond. I contacted them recently about sponsoring me and my fishing adventures and they have decided to do so!

Picture taken at Wickiup Reservoir: Oct. 2012

In other news id like to help promote one my buddies. NorthWest Killers Fishing Is doing a steelhead tournament, called The ChromeDome Challenge. And it starts tomorrow December 1st. and goes through February 31st.  Each month is a separate tournament  and cost $10 a month or $25 for all three months (only if you sign up today!). First place each month is the longest Hatchery Steelhead, grand prize is the longest Hatchery Steelhead for over the 3 month period. Id get in on The ChromeDome Challenge as I have. Just for entering you get a free shirt, also there are prize give a ways even if you don’t  get a top three fish! 

Tight Lines! And good luck to those that enter!


McKenzie River Fishing 7-12

Old report that I never got to blogging about on here. Did write about it on the Forum that the three of us post on, that’s where I’m copying and pasting some of it from enjoy! Jeanna and Ted are both members @ The Oregon Fishing Forum.com So the three of us went fishing one Thursday morning in July, the 12th.

Jeanna’s first fish of the dayMy only fish of the day

My day started out at 2am with the alarm waking me up after about 4-5 hours sleep. Made a quick stop at Winco grocery store for snacks and drinks and got yelled at for walking in an area where a guy was cleaning the floor, but I needed some cold tea. Met up with Ted and I followed him up to the boat ramp, I’m still new to the area of Eugene. We all met up at the Greenwood boat ramp then headed up to the Leaburg dam. The water was super low and even back rowing to the other side of the river resulted in lots of rocks being hit. But it sounded like most boats were hitting bottom too. On to the good parts. Jeanna tagged 2 Springers and had a really sweet Steelhead come unbuttoned after about 45 second fight, I got video of that fish and the 2nd springer. Couldnt find my camera in time for the first Salmon so no video of that one. I only caught a hatchery trout, it hit a plug in the last hole we fished, and Ted got skunked! Thanks for the boat ride Jeanna!!!

Jeanna with a couple nice Springers.

And here’s the video I made from this trip, you can see the nice Steelhead she lost too.

Thanks for reading and watching the video! Tight Lines!


April 26th Rogue River

Charlie Brown, from FishingTheRogue.com gave me a call on Monday when he got back into town from visiting family for Easter. He wanted to fish the river bright and early the next day, which i was really excited about, I think the river has become my favorite place to fish. We met up at 5am and began fishing not long after. We had a couple take downs early but it took about a half hour at the first hole before one stuck, and it came on my rod! It was a real nice bright hatchery steelhead hen, so it was a keeper. Almost didnt keep it though, it was still some what dark out when we caught it, so the first time charlie tried to net he missed and i thought he was gonna rip the lure out of its mouth be it didnt and after it made a another short run we got it in the boat!

These guys came along not to long after we caught our first one of the day, there’s even one more boat you cant see at the bottom of the rapid. The boat closest in the photo stuck around right next to us for quite awhile, about an hour. It was pretty annoying bet hey what can ya do. The funny thing was about 10 minutes after they left, Charlies rod got a take down and he reeled in a really nice bright hatchery steelhead. It wasnt big but the chrome’ness made up for its lack of size. It was only 22inches but since it was hooked in the eye and was a good one to eat he tagged it, he usually releases the small ones i guess. So we had two real nice steelhead in the box from just the first hole!  We gave the group of boats plenty of time to get down river before we started fishing the lower holes. But when we did get a couple holes lower one of the rods got a massive take down! It was hard to get out of the rod holder even. This fish was crazy! I fought it for a couple minutes then got it close to the boat. Then something amazing happened that ill never forget! I was pulling the fish near the boat so Charlie could net it, you could see it getting nearer and nearer. Then it jumped! A few feet out of the water, only a foot or so away from the boat. Charlie only had to move the net forward about a foot and the fish pretty much flopped right into it! If we would of had one more person in the boat we would of had some of the best fishing footage ever! But the way it happened only me and Charlie were witnesses.  I know this whole thing probably seems hard to believe but ill never forget the whole event, it was incredible!

Thats the one that jumped into the net!

There’s me and my limit of real nice chrome Steelhead, 28 and 29 inches. The first one had made it to the hatchery once already this winter, because there was a hole punch on her cheek. They do that at the hatchery so they know how many times the fish has swam to the hatchery. Pretty cool to catch one that made it to the hatchery then got trucked down river and swam back up and i got her before she could return again. The rest of the float we only could use one rod because i had my limit. We still got into a bunch of fish. One Steelhead we released, and another Steelhead that was a nice sized one but got off, because charlie was anchored in the wrong spot and couldn’t go down river after him. We also released a handful of trout that hit the plugs. A pretty good day of fishing on the wonderful Rogue River. Cant complain when you go home with two real beautiful Steelhead. Thanks to Charlie Brown for inviting me to come along again. Make sure to tell him you heard about his guiding business from my blog and he’ll give you a nice discount. FishingTheRogue.com

Thanks for reading, tight lines!


April 15th?

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.

Thats the second half pounder Phil caught, he got that one side drifting yarn and eggs.

This is my future house. Yeah right! lol

And that would be Touvelle Bridge, the end of the float. Thanks for reading and tight lines!


April 9th Rogue River YGA

I met Phil and Kenji at the boat ramp around 7am, we had another morning slay ride planned! It was another great day with the YGA ( Young Gun Anglers) We passed Charlie at Sandy Bottom, he had a couple clients, we actually knew the clients, they were from Phil’s home town Happy Camp, CA. We waved when we went by and we only seen them a couple brief times the rest of the day. One of them took this photo when we went by in the morning at Sandy Bottom.


We got down by the Slide Hole and anchored up and were chatting when my rod got the first take down of the day! It was a nice little native steelhead that we released so he could come back another day to be caught! We then took the side channel and sat next to one of the nicest houses on the river. Most people dont run plugs in this area. But in trips past we caught trout here and the water looks really good. This day we got our first steelhead in this hole, and it came on my rod again. But this time it was Phils turn to reel one in. It was another nice wild steelhead that we let go in hopes of catching again next year. Our third steelhead of the day was one we were waiting for. A real nice chrome hatchery fish. And it came on Kenjis rod, so the 2 day license paid off once again for him!

Not far from where we got this one my rod got the final take down of the day. I brought in a real nice chrome wild steelhead. We released it right away so no pictures were taken of it. We did get video of all four of the steelhead caught this day. But when Phil put the files on his computer he some how lost 2 of the clips or deleted them on accident. But he did get video picture stills of the fish before it happened. So watch the video and enjoy! Ill try to do my reports in more of a timely manner but iv been busy puttin a hurt’n to these fish! Tight Lines!


Monday the 18th Rogue River

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!


April 11th and More

Charlie called me and told me he had one client and wanted to see if i wanted to come along to fill the boat. I’m sure Charlie and Phil both know by now i wont turn down a offer at fishing the Rogue River in their boats! Last time out fishing with Charlie i mentioned if he only had one client and i came along i had no problem handing over my rod if it gets the first take down. Iv handed off steelhead a few times to Phil, but i usually reel most of them in. We all met at the boat ramp at the hatchery at 530am this Monday. We fished the very top hole also known as sandy bottom for about an hour. We were surprised we didn’t pull at least one steelhead out of there, Charlie says usually you can get two in that hole. So we floated down to the next hole known as the chief hole. First pass through my rod got slammed and had a fish on for about 10 seconds, until it surfaced and jumped then broke the leader. Darn! But only about 10 minutes later my rod had another take down but this time it stuck on good and i was able to hand off the rod to Kim. He brought in a awesome 6.5 pound hatchery steelhead. We then proceeded to pick up another steelhead right after that one but this time on Kim’s rod. It was a wild hen so instead of keeping it and calling it a day less then 2 hours into fishing, Kim let it go in hopes of more fish! We got down to Casey Park and we got our final fish, luckily it was on my rod because it was a hatchery steelhead. And lately iv been really wanting to get a fin clipped one so i can smoke some up. We floated down to Rogue Elk Park with out much action when we got pass casey park. But was still a good morning very action packed for awhile there in the morning. I think Kim had a good time, he booked a trip for the next day when his relative came up to visit and i heard he did pretty good again.

We also got video of the fish from this day and Charlies wife edited up a really cool video. The first part is Kim’s nice buck, then it goes to a clip of me fighting a 10lb hatchery steelhead, then the very last clip is the fish i caught that is pictured above. Very sweet video, and you can see some of the river we float when we fish the upper rogue river. Thanks to Charlie at Fishingtherogue.com for letting me come along and fill the open seat and catch some great fish! Give Charlie a call or email if your interested in fishing the world famous Rogue River. Tell him you heard about him from my blog and you’ll get a discount!

thanks for reading, and tight lines!


April 5th

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!


April 7th

Usually I write my reports in order as they happen. But lately iv been fishing so much iv been back logged on writing reports and stuff.  So today im skipping a couple that i will get to later and get right to Thursdays fishing adventure on the 7th of April on the magnificent Rogue River. My day started out 20 minutes after my alarm should of went off, maybe it did and didnt wake me up. I met Charlie at the boat ramp at 530am for the first light bite, which is supposed to be the best time of the day to fish. Well on this day it wasnt the case. We stayed at the first hole for over a hour then we decided to go lower, the very top hole usually produces that’s why we stayed for so long. We got down to the Crater Lake Highway hole and the snow started coming down like a blizzard for about a half hour. Our only take down occurred in this hole but it didnt stick, it happens that way some times. Charlie had to call it a short day around 930am im pretty sure his wife needed to use their car. But that was fine with me. My friend Phil was gonna come up with his boat after he got out of college and he met me up there a little after 1130.

It was slow for Phil and I at first through all the top holes. But when we got down to the Pump hole we finally had a take down. I fought it and got it in the net. Then while the fish was still in the net we came off anchor and started floating down. During all this commotion Phils rod got knocked out of the rod holder some how, we didnt notice until after we released the fish and we began to wonder where his rod went. This was very devastating the reel was a Shimano Curado a 180 dollar reel, the rod was a nice Fenewick too. We looked for it for a little bit then decided there wasn’t much we could do to get it back, so we got in the boat and fished the rest of the day with one rod. About a half hour later the rod got slammed, a real nice take down. I got the rod out of the holder then immediately handed it over to Phil, he deserved to catch this one. We then got one of his cameras rolling so we could get the action put on youtube. And we got some great footage during this second fish. So enjoy the video!

So ill end this post by letting you guys know how the rod debacle ended. A few days later on Saturday, my friend Charlie of Fishingtherogue.com had just finished fishing for the day and was at the boat ramp talking to a guy and the guy said a boat earlier had caught a couple steelhead and also one of the guys on the boat had caught a Fenewick rod! Charlie knew who that rod belonged to so he gave me call. He told me the person who owned the boat was a guide and his name was Jimmy Dunlevy. So the next day i gave him a call and left a message with his wife. Later that day i got a call from Rick the angler who caught the rod and he said he would let us have it back! What a nice guy and what a lucky break we had.

thanks for reading and tight lines!


My friend needs help!

My friend from the Oregon Fishing Forum needs our help! I’m posting this on here because i know some of you out there can probably help!

This is Jeanna and this is her story if you can help out in any way thanks!!

“I just registered for the Susan G Komen 3 Day For the Cure Event.

What is it? It’s a walk. A big, long, walk. 3 days, 60 miles, in Seattle September 16-19th. What’s it for? It’s to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Association, most of you may be familiar, but for those that aren’t, it’s the largest contributor in the nation for breast cancer research. They also assist people currently going through treatment.

Why am I doing this? My grandmother died of breast cancer when I was a young child, and my mother is a survivor, after a double mastectomy. I had genetic testing done, and have the genetic chromosome that often triggers it, and there is a high probability that I will get it myself.

I don’t know anyone that hasn’t been affected by breast cancer in some way.

This is a very important event to me.

That said, to participate, the minimum amount I have to raise is $2,300. I am asking you guys for help with this. We just registered so I haven’t got much going on yet, but we will be doing fundraisers along the way. If you can donate fifty cents, you’re helping me. I have until the day of the event to raise it, which is September 16th

If you want to contribute, you can click on this link and donate online. If you wanted to send a check or money order, it can be made out to the Susan G Komen Foundation, and you can send me a E-Mail and I will give you instructions on how to do that. jhunt.rattenborg@gmail.com

Welcome to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure:

I sincerely appreciate that you have even read this, and understand the economy is in the bucket, and if you can’t donate, that’s okay!

I’m thinking I will be selling jigs to raise funds…but there will be more on that later

This is the style of steelhead jig Jeanna will be tying, except it will have a pink head instead of red like in this picture. She’ll also tie some “carcass” jigs that are pale pink/white flesh color with a white head. They kill summer and winter steelhead, she says.


10lb hawg fin clip steely buck!!

I met up with Charlie below slide hole Thursday morning, got into the boat shortly after i slipped and fell into some mud. I got in the boat and he said he had 2 on in the morning but they both got off and both felt like real good fish, what a bummer. He said alot of boats had gone through and most with motors and they pounded the holes hard. We fished the the first hole i met him at for a bit then we made our way down river. We got to pump hole and were anchored up when a fellow guide came down and started hitting the hole below us hard with bait. Then he came to the top one last time and asked Charlie if it was cool to run plugs through one pass. This isnt very cool, but charlie is a nice guy and let him go right on top of us. Charlie then said it would be sweet if we could hook up right after he passed through the same hole as us, using the same technique, he said it would be a “burn”. And wouldnt you know we hook up as plugging down the hole, not long after we had just got done saying how cool it would be to show them up. I fought the fish for awhile, it had to been at least 7lbs and it was really bright. Most of the plugs we use have two treble hooks on them. And during the fight the hook that was in the mouth some how popped out and the other hook got caught near its cheek. This really pissed it off and it made it fight five times harder, and alot harder to bring it to the boat. I tightened the drag a couple times and did it one last final time before the fish broke me off, we could see it swim off with the plug still on it. I felt soooo bad. And i think Charlie felt worse, since it was the 3rd nice one lost in the boat that day.

A boat was behind us the whole time watching so it felt even worse, kinda embarrassing. We were just glad the boat that had jumped right in front of us didnt see me lose it haha. We were really really bummed the rest of the day. Until. Right about noon id say, we were anchored up out by Rogue Elk Park, we were eating lunch and talking when we noticed one of the rods get slammed. Charlie reeled in the other rod as i grabbed the rod out of the holder and proceeded to fight a monster! Charlie pulled anchor and took the boat to shore so we could try to land the fish easier. I fought it there for over 5 mintues id say and i couldnt really get it to come up river. So finally i told Charlie to pull anchor and lets go after him! I fought him for a few more minutes before we were able to net him, the hardest and longest fighting fish i ever caught!

It ended up being a hatchery fish! We thought it was gonna be a wild one since it was so big, but nope it was a keeper. It measured 32 inches and weighed 10lbs, it would of weighed more had it been a female fish full of eggs. It had some really awesome meat too, great color and tasty. This was our only fish for the day, but we were happy, since the morning had gone so wrong. And my personal best fish made it really special, not many fish grow to that size, and i caught one! I want to thank Charlie from Fishingtherogue.com Every time I fish with him I do really well, he knows how to put you onto the fish. He’s a great net man too 😀

thanks for reading and tight lines!


Double Chromers!!!

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!


30 Inch Chrome Rogue River Hatcehry Hen

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!


Skunkday

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!


T.G.I.S.

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!


Steelhead

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!


Ultra Violet? CONTEST!!!

My new G. Loomis rod teamed up with my Shimano Symetre. Sweet!

There are alot of differnt gimmicks in the fishing tackle industry to try to lure the fishermen in. I personally think UV is one the things out there like that. Who knows though right. I think Kokanee fishermen have had success with UV and glow in the dark products but they are fishing much deeper then UV products for Salmon and Steelhead in rivers. So with that said I’m doing my 2nd contest, this time it’s for some pink UV Steelhead Stalkers Yarn. It’s a small package, retails for $3.00 I’m not sure what variation of pink this was, the SS brand carries a variety of colors of the color pink. Kinda confusing if you ask me lol. So if you would like to win this unique piece of fishing tackle, made here in Oregon, just leave a comment on here about your thoughts on UV in the fishing industry.

Now you’ve seen Bigfoot and UV yarn. Just a FYI the yarn was bought at the sportsman show a few weeks back. Its quite rare actually kinda like the furry guy 😀

Good Luck and Tight Lines! The next giveaway will be much better guaranteed!

winner will be announced on the 19th Saturday morning


Rogue River 20th, 21st and 22nd

Sunday the 20th. I only fished for about two hours mostly because my waders were wet and i had to use my old hip waders and they were actually still moist from when i took a dip over ten days before when i caught the one that got away. The only thing i caught besides some twigs was the two weighted fly set up i lost the day prior on a snag. When using these big spoons im trying to run them as close to the bottom as possible. So the the treble hooks usually end up snagging up other peoples gear or in this case my old gear.

Monday the 21st. It was such a beatiful day i didnt even take any pictures because if i did i doubt any of you would believe that its winter in Oregon. Winter Steelhead fishing in a tee shirt doesnt get much better, well hooking a fish would make it better, but that’s just icing on the cake. Wasn’t a bad other then when i fell in the water. When fishing the river iv learned you cant take your focus off of anything, unless u want to get snagged or take a dip in the water. I was snagged up so what i do when that happens is, i walk to shore then i walk toward the snag. This time as i was walking back to shore some one was walking through and decided to ask me how i was doing. Well right after he asked that, i slipped and fell in while i had spectators watching, the guy on shore, and three people on a drift that wasn’t too far away. One of the guys in the boat actually yelled when i fell, at least some one got some excitement out of it. Luckily I had decided to bring extra cloths this day so i went to my car and changed cloths so i got to fish out the rest of the day.

Tuesday the 22nd. The day before i got a call from Big R saying my shipment of all brass spoons had arrived. Last week i was in their store and had mentioned to their employees that what i wanted was out of stock. So he looked up the inventory and found out their Redmond store had ten of the spoons i wanted and he ordered them for me! Id like to let you all know iv been reading two fishing books lately, the first was Bill Herzog’s book on Spoon fishing, the second book is Jed Davis’s book on Spinner fishing. Pretty soon ill write reviews for these books on my blog. In Jed’s book he mentions that when fishing the river you need to have about 8-10 of the same lure that your really confident in. That way when your fishing your not fishing to save the lures but fishing the way you should be. Because when fishing the river if your not losing a few lures each trip your not fishing the right way, the fish are gonna be at the bottom of the river so that’s where your lure should be. On this day i arrived to the river around 230pm and this day sure felt like winter, cold and windy! I fished by myself for most of the time, then my sisters boyfriend came down with my nephew around 5pm and we fished until it got dark out. The first thing my friend Louis said when got to where i was fishing was “Damn! it feels like its 5 degrees out here!”  That didn’t surprise me because he’s mostly a bass fisherman, and bass bite during the spring/summer when the weather is nice. I didnt catch anything other then a size 15 Panther Martin, which happen to be Louis’s spinner that he had lost about two weeks prior. Wasn’t a bad day at the river. I’m really glad March is almost here. They say March is when the steelhead fishing is on fire on the stretch of the river iv been fishing at. Tight Lines!

Spoon of confidence


Cold Day Afternoon

I had some some stuff to do this morning so i didnt get to the Rogue River until after 330pm. The water was much clearer then the day before and the water was a little lower. I fished spoons most of the time, and even tried some weighted flies i found in the river last week. I put the flies on because i was watching so many trout or smolts rise up and eat bugs off the surface. At one point i was watching a little bug float by in the river then next thing you know a trout comes up and eats it!! All while i watched, very cool! After about an hour of fishing i got hung up with my spoon, which is very common. So i waded down stream to try to get a better angle at the snag. And i slipped once again on the rocks and took a plunge into the cold water. Called it a day after that, i was soaked! No pictures, didnt feel like taking any after i got all wet. Until next time… Tight Lines!


Rogue River february 11th and 13th and 14th

MEGA STEELHEAD POST!

So instead of doing three posts, im doing three reports into one post.

Friday the 11th: I got to Denman Wildlife right around 1pm and right after i got my waders on at my car, my friend Jeremy pulled up and he had his fishing buddy Joe with him, and Joe’s buddy Heath came along too, just to watch us fish and have a good time. Joe hooked a nice little hatchery steelhead on his first cast surprisingly. I brought my net this so time, so i got to use it right away. It was a wild spawned out summer steelhead that had one eye. It was probably swimming downstream on its way back to the ocean. But since it was over 24 inches Joe decided to keep it. No one else caught a steelhead that day but i caught plenty of prehistoric rock fish on the botttom of the river. Ended up losing more spoons  then id like to remember. But overall wasnt a bad day at the river met some cool folks and i got to watch a steelhead get caught.

Sunday the 13th. I pulled up to the parking lot of Denman in the afternoon and noticed more cars then usual, so i was kinda hoping there wouldnt be a bunch of people fishing my favorite hole. I was surprised when i got to my hole that no one was fishing there. So i fished the hole with various spoons for about 3-4 hours before i felt that magic tug. This steelhead shot out of the water like a rocket right after taking my spoon. And shortly after was unhooked and on its way up the river to spawn. The only time this little wild steelhead was out of the water was the one it jumped, i took special care to keep the fish in the water while i released it, so no pictures of this fish. I fished with and talked to many anglers that day and no other steelhead were caught except for a boat that floated by they said they had some luck. Another great day was had and was topped off with a fish about 4 hours into it. Met alot of people and everyone has been really friendly and helpful. Sundays have been good the past 2 weeks.

Valentines Day. Monday i got a call from my friend Louis. He said he missed work and fished all morning at a few different spots along the river and had no luck. So when i got to his house to pick him up to go back to the river at around 3 in the afternoon, he had decided he was too tired to go back and give it another go at the river. Around that time i was contemplating whether i should go fishing or not, then i got a call from Jeremy saying that his son Aaron and his buddy Dillon were down there fishing. So i said my good byes and was on my way to the Rogue River at the Denman Wildlife area. So when i got there i only had a couple hours left of day light, so i cut off the spoon that was tied on and put on a chartreuse and silver spoon on that i thought might be good. I had made probably about five casts when i got a strike, and like the last couple steehead i hooked into this one was another acrobatic steelhead. The thing with spoons is when the fish hits it they really hit it. Unlike drift fishing where its hard to tell the differnce from a bite and tapping the bottom. Spoon fishing is either a snag or a fish, no mistaking the bite, at least this is my understanding of it from the little time iv been spoon fishing for steelhead. Aaron and Dillon ran over to where i was and had grabbed my net, and they waited for me to bring the fish over to them so they could net it. The fish got close to them probably about five times and each time when it close it would make a run and peel a bunch of line. Well finally Aaron was able to net it and i got to tag another fish! This one went for 7lbs and 2 oz, the length of this Wild Rogue River buck was 28 inches. After bleeding and tagging the fish i wasnt too excited to keep on fishing, did alot of talking with some other anglers that came by. Gave some pointers to Aaron and i let him use the spoon i caught the steelhead on. No one else caught a steelhead that i seen. Guess im starting to get either good at fishing spoons or really lucky, either way im a very happy guy. Tight Lines!


The One That Got Away

I fished the Rogue River today thursday the 10th. I got to Denman Wildlife area at 230pm and was throwing spoons shortly after. My fishing buddy Jeremy and his son arrived some time around 4. They started out by using bait, worms and shrimp. I seen Jeremy catch some small trout. Im kinda glad some times that my spoons dont catch little fish, but other times i wouldnt mind catching something no matter the size.  Me and Jeremy were talking while fishing and he mentioned something about the day before something along the lines of his brother seeing a bunch of fish jump in the Grants Pass area, i replied by saying “well i hope at least one of us catches one today”. About 10 minutes later a steelhead hammered my spoon!!! Immediately after engulfing my spoon this steelhead went air borne, it was spectacular. I yelled out “DID YOU SEE THAT!?!?!  My friends seen it, the fish was so big it was hard to miss. After hooking into it i had to get back to the bank to land the fish. Since i had my hip waders on, I was standing on a piece of land in the water that u had to zig zag in order to get to with out getting wet. So i didnt have time to look down to see where i was stepping, so i just went straight for the bank and ended up soaking both of my waders and pants and socks. The fish fought like none other iv ever hooked pulled so much line and jumped about 5 times. After a few minutes i had it wore out enough where it was pretty close to the bank, thats when things turned for the worse. I was trying to horse it up the beach so i could grab it and take it home for dinner, when suddenly my spoon came flying out of its mouth and as quickly as that, the fish was set free to live another day. So i had wet pants and no fish, but i felt awesome! Having not hooked into anything the past few days this felt incredible especially seeing the fish do some acrobats. It took me about five minutes to gather myself before deciding if i wanted to keep on fishing while wet. Luckily Jeremy had brought a extra pair of pants that he let me wear so i could keep on fishing. We fished until dark no one else hooked up with a steelhead. Was an absolutely great day on the river, one i will remember for a long time. Thanks for reading. No pictures today, next time though. Tight Lines!!! oh btw we estimated the fish was in the 10-12 pound range a real HAWG!


Rogue River February 8th and 9th

Tuesday i arrived in the afternoon around 1pm, once again to the Denman Wildlife area. On this day i used a new product from Eagle Claw, some mono line called Bioline. I guess it’s 100% biodegradable, regular mono takes hundreds of years to decompose, and on the packaging of Bioline it says it only takes 5 years for bioline to decompose. On facebook they did a little give-a-way and i happen to win, so i choose the 10lb line so i could try it out in the river for Steelhead. The line worked great, has alot of stretch to it and not a whole lot of memory.  But if you do happen to break off the line becomes very frail and you have to cut off a few feet. I probably should of got the 12lb because of all the snags where iv been fishing at. I fished my spoons the entire time, my sisters boyfriend came down later in the evening to try for a bit with spinners, their kids also tried some some spoons and spinners. No one from my party caught anything. But the fellow fishing right up river from us, only about 50 yards away caught 4, three of which i seen caught. I guess he was using some kind of nymph fly and bobber. Im gonna have to give that a try some time soon 😀

Wednesday i fished the same spot the guy in the photos above caught his fish at the day before. But my luck was the same as the two days before i didnt catch anything nor did i see anyone else catch any. Although my fishing buddy and his son came down for a hour or two before it got dark, and Jeremy had one on for a little bit, he said it was a 2-3lber but after a few head shakes it got off. I used spoons, spinners, and jigs with a bobber that day. I had a couple bobber downs but im not sure if they were fish or not, still learning on how to fish steelhead jigs. I only took 4 photos the past two days mostly because if your taking pictures your line isnt in the water where the fish are. So ill leave you with the only picture i took yesterday. Im almost positive that’s Jeremy in the photo, if not its his son Aaron. Great guys to fish with. Until next time… Tight Lines!


Superbowl Sunday Steelhead

I woke up early today ate some grits for breakfest and called my buddy George and met him at the gate at Denman Wildlife area to do some winter steelhead fishing. We had been there for about 30-40 minutes, when i felt one of those magical tugs. I thought i had got snagged up on the bottom again because id kept on hitting the same thing but this time the snag fought back. It was alot shorter fight then the last one, mainly because i had my drag set really tight because i had forgotten to loosen it from a earlier snag. George netted the fish for me then we found out it was a wild steelhead, then we had to figure out if it was over 24 inches, if it was under i would have to set it free. Luckily it was over! I then bled it and got some pictures, tagged it and continued fishing until about 2pm when we decided to head home to watch the superbowl. It was another awesome day on the water with a another new fishing buddy!

5lb 8oz Wild Rogue River Steelhead Hen

Tight Lines!