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AFS Field Notes with Chris Myron

Posted on 21 April 2017

The Upper Rogue was sweet to my buddy Jordy and I last Monday, within the first mile of the float we encountered two Steelhead. The first one I had on for a good 10 seconds or so. It started with a super aggressive eat, I let it take a good 6 or 7 feet of line before I ever so slightly lifted my rod up towards the bank, and before I knew it the fish was off. This happens to all of us (Jon Hazlett among others lol). In this case I’ll just blame it on the hook, it was a used fly (Red & Black Mini Rhea Intruder) and it just wasn’t sharp enough. Nah yeah that’s it. Anyways, after I lost the fish I look up river and Jordy is up there by the boat havin’ a good laugh. So I flipped him the bird and kept on fishin’. 

The next run was only about 200 yards down river, I had lost my Mini Rhea Intruder in a F$%&*g tree at the last run so I switched to a Blue Goblin with 12 feet of t-14. In the middle of the run I got lit up by what felt like a really nice fish. I didn’t get to see her for a minute or two but when I finally did see her she was about 3 feet in the air. After a few more good jumps and a couple runs Jordy got her in the net. A nice 28” wild Steelhead, we sent her on her way and Jordy fished the rest of the run. We were both fishing Beulah Platinum 13’2” 7wt Speys with Airflo Skagit Compact G2 heads, my Lamson Guru & Jordys Hatch 7 Plus reel

We didn’t run into another Steelhead for the rest of the day, but Jordy did run into some nice trout on his new 5wt Anderson Trout Spey. That thing casts like a dream with a Rio Scandi Body 375gr. All in all it was an awesome float, we watched an Osprey building her nest prepping for the start of trout season. Can’t wait to get out there and do it again this weekend. 


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