HAIKU MONDAY: On Tying Flies and Egg-Sipping Steelhead

welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is prepping for some excellent summer steelhead fly-fishing this week on the upper Rogue River, Hack’s home waters.

Tying some extra-heavy Ugly Bugs for nymphing and some big articulated leeches (aka The Brother-in-Law) to scare up some big summers.

Sounds like work? Well, when you’re a Fish Hack, it is.

Fly-fishing as work:/Great gig, if you can get it./Nope. Can’t have this one.

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 and whatever the hell else comes to mind. The stupid haikus are just a schtick to stand out in this over-populated blogosphere.

Ugly bugs as droppers and egg flies on the point is the cast-du-jour for Rogue fly-flickers fishing for steelhead feeding on spawning spring and fall chinook salmon now in the Rogue.

Egg-sipping steelhead/At the Salmon Roe Buffet./Don’t ignore Hack’s egg.

Plenty of aggressive cutthroat in the mix as well.

It’s flies-only on the upper Rogue for just 11 more days before the hardware comes out.

Steelhead get very aggressive when they’re laying in tail-outs sipping eggs. Often, they’re pretty shallow so a hook-up usually sends you running downstream hoping not to get horizontal in the riffle.

But it’s great fun and sure beats honest work.

Fly-fishing as work:/It’s work, just not honest work./Might earn overtime?

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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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