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Southern Oregon: , by Steve Scow: Rogue River is Hot : 5 stars

We are into the winter steelhead right now.  The past week has been great for winter fish.  Multiple trips produced multiple hook ups with a number of those fish brought to hand.  Others that we were trying to bring to hand gave us a great show and those steelhead found a way to come off the hook.  We have fish spread out throughout the entire system and we are into them consistently.

On our nymphing trips we are using Otis and Ugly bugs as our lead fly and running a Copper Swan or Copper John as our dropper.  Moving the indicator to match the water depth is essential to ensure the bugs are where the steelhead will see them.  For the folks that prefer the swung fly.  Ho Bo Spey, Burnt Chicken, and Perpatrator flies are all the rage at the moment.  Expect to use ten feet of T-11 to get your flies down to the zone where the fish are.  There are certain spots that a heavier or lighter tip will be needed.  I will put those on for you when we need them.  If you don't have T-11, do not worry, I have plenty.  If two-handed casting is something you may be interested in, I have rods and reels for you to try.  

The river has shaped up nicely despite little to no precipatation.  Mornings are cold, warming into the 50's by afternoon.  We have weather forecasted so bring a rain jacket and layers.  Keep in mind these are steelhead and we are gonna work hard to get them.  That hard work is paying off and we are into fish.  We have about a month left of great fishing for our winter run.  

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