The winter steelhead have still been biting on the upper Rogue River. However, it's now time to start strictly targeting Spring Chinook Salmon, aka "Springers."
When we have low water in April the "Springers" move fast upstream from the Pacific Ocean and this year has been no exception. There are more "Springers" being caught already then we've ever seen for this early in the season. There are a lot of hatchery fish in the river which is great news for those of you who love to eat salmon. If you haven't ever had Spring Chinook Salmon on your dinner table then you are truly missing out. In my opinion they're the best eating fish in the world, and taste even better when you catch them yourself.
The season is just beginning and there is plenty of time to get in on the action from now until July when I head North to Alaska.
Another upcoming event for all of you fly fisherman out there, is our annual Salmon Fly hatch on the Rogue River. Millions of Salmon Flies coat the tree branches and hungry trout eagerly wait below for a their meals. It's a great time to come to the Rogue River and catch some big Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout on top-water flies.
Laurence, Thadius & Cole came up from California for a father & son birthday trip and the steelhead and trout kept us busy all day. Thadius got to row the boat and catch a big hatchery steelhead on his maiden voyage. We saw Bald Eagles, Osprey, Elk, Otters, and Deer. What a great day with 3 awesome fisherman. Good job out there you guys, way to get it done.