HAIKU MONDAY: On Steelhead, Kwikfish and Beer-Bong Takes

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is rummaging around the garage in search of Kwikfish and crayfish plugs while preppin’ for the Nov. 1 Shakeup on the upper Rogue River, Hack’s home waters.

The plugs they are a-comin’ Thursday as the summer steelhead fishing rules change after two months of flies-only.

Dig out the plugs, Bro,/Big summers in cold water,/This is what they hit.

For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors, etc., with some marginal versions of Japanese poetry sprinkled in. The schtick that keeps on schticking.

Irreverent Me./Low-brow haikus fit Hack’s small brain./Sixth grade English here.

Now, Fish Hack is a fly-flicker at times, but every end of October brings an itch to ditch egg patterns and get in those steelhead’s face with some metal.

The flies-only season on the upper Rogue does have its place. This allows guys to catch summer steelhead without getting in the way of that great spawn-til-you-die activity of spring chinook in the upper Rogue each fall. Now the spawn’s over, and it’s time to focus sole attention on summers.

Upstream of the Shady Cove Boat Ramp you’ll see an armada of egg-chuckers who should see 10-fish days Thursday. Downstream of Shady Cove is artificials only. Look for Fish Hack and friends there, running K-11 Kwikfish in their faces for a fun day on the water that still looks a little like work.

Steelhead take Kwikfish/Like college kids do beer bongs:? It’s all or nothing.

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    Mark Freeman

    I've underachieved as the Mail Tribune's Fish Hack since 1989. I can't help but find a few things to yuk about with pathetic regularity in the outdoors. My most treasured award? An OSHA citation for a messy desk -- Fire hazard. YEAH! Read Full
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