Tom and Katherine Culligan just returned from a two-day steelhead fly-fishing excursion with guide Jim Andras on the Rogue River in southern Oregon where they had a lot of action and great fun.
Jim, who is an outstanding guide, took them through waters teeming with huge spawning king salmon. They found big trout and steelhead feeding on the eggs that drifted down from the salmon redds (nests) and that is where they had most of the action. They also enjoyed watching the salmon jumping and rolling on the surface as they guarded their redds.
They both caught lots of half-pounder-sized steelhead, trout, and Tom landed several steelhead that ran up to 31 inches. Katherine not only caught some nice steelhead, but also hooked a large salmon that was well over 30 pounds. After she got the fish close to the boat and saw that it was a salmon and not a steelhead, she intentionally broke the fish off, which is what you are suppose to do when you hook a salmon there this time of year.
They fished in sections of the Rogue just north of Medford and stayed in Ashland where they enjoyed two nice plays as well.
This is a great time to fish the Rogue and Trinity rivers. Jim Andras is by far the best guide for this rivers. Jim and his wife, Rachel, live in Talent, Ore., just north of Ashland. You can call them at 530-722-7992.