Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is livin’ the double-dipping life on the upper Rogue River, which happens to be Hack’s home waters.
Should Hack fish for spring chinook or summer steelhead? Yes.
Can’t choose between fish?/Then target steelhead and ‘nooks./Plenty of both here.
For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style aboutt the outdoors and whatever the hell else comes to mind while sprinkling in some back versions of old Japanese poetry as the schtick.
Lots of apers out there in the bogosphere, but Hack was the first to marry haiku’s with Northwest fishing, and Hack writes that as if it’s a good thing.
Take blame for haikus?/Hack’s got to stick out somehow/In dumb blogger-sphere.
July is a special time in the upper Rogue because it’s the overlap of two precious runs. The spring chinook run is starting to peter out, but there are late pulses of hatchery fish moving through so it’s generally the time when the percentage of fin-clipped fish in need of seeing their eyes turned into X’s increases.
Plus, the early-run summer steelhead are hanging around. They’re a mix of smallish fish around 19 inches, plus decent numbers of the 8- to 10-pounders.
Target one you can end up catching either. Or both.
That’s why fishing Mag Lip 3.5 plugs is quite the ticket right now. They’re the right size to entice either big summers or bigger chinook when fishied in the deeper runs of the upper Rogue.
Get your Mag Lip on./Pop both chinook and steelhead./Good time to go Rogue.