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HOOK: 5263, sizes 2-6; weighted
ANTENNAE: Black turkey biot
TAIL: Same as antennae
RIB: Black Schwannundaze
ABDOMEN: Make a blend of angora goat in various colors to look iridescent; use black purple, claret, red, amber, brown, blue, and orange. Mix 2:1 with black Haretron
WINGCASES: Three sections of turkey quill. Coat with Flexament and clip to shape before tying
LEGS: Round black rubber
THORAX: Same as abdomen
HEAD: Same as abdomen
Imitates the nymphs of the salmonfly (Pteronarcys californica). This fly must be fished on the bottom. Period. So weight it heavily under the body, then flatten the weight with pliers. For extra weight, put on a beadhead. Yes, you're going to lose a lot of flies.
The rubber legs are optional. Vary colors to match the available insects. Most of the big salmonfly nymphs are black, with some chocolate brown ones. The slightly smaller golden stoneflies are more of a mottled tan; use size 8-12 hooks for them.
How to Fish
Dead drift on the bottom with an indicator or tight line presentation. The best areas are bouldery sections, riffles, and just below riffles. If you find a moderatre drop-off just below a riffle, consider yourself blessed.
Trout fishing is open! Fish stone flies on top, or under an indicator. Summer Steelhead have arrived at the hatchery! Spring Chinook fishing should improve through the month as more fish arrive to the hatchery. Fishing pressure is increasing on the river as people look to catch Salmon. Remember fishing etiquette when around other anglers.
"Must-have fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:
Water flow: 1,800 at Cole Rivers Hatchery (as of June 26, 2014).
Visibility: 30 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 51 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: All day
Best stretch: Below Lost Creek Dam to Gold Hill.
Best access point: Cole Rivers Hatchery, Casey State Park, Rouge Elk Campground, Shady Cove Bridge, Dodge Bridge, Touvelle State Park, Gold Ray Road.
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Stonefly, Mayfly, Caddies, Midges
Fish species: Trout, Steelhead, Salmon
Fishing season: Year-round: Consult regulations for more information.
Nearest airport: Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR)
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 1X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 10' 8 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Salmon/Steelhead WF Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Class V Sink Tip Fly Line