HAIKU MONDAY: On February’s Steelhead, Classic Kelts and Turning Fun into Work

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack has checked off February in this-here quest to catch a steelhead in Hack’s home waters of the Rogue River during 12 straight months.

Not only is is nine down with three to go, but that entire calendar year of steelheading could be done within a 25-mile stretch of water.

Steelhead every month./Shows you got priorities:/Live where the fish are.

For you few Haiku Monday vvirgins 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, with a few bad versions of old Japanese poetry sprinkled in as the schtick.

Fish Hack and MT shooter extraordinaire Jamie Lusch hit the upper Rogue — our home waters — for a half day fun fish Saturday. We don’t get many opportunities to hit the river without the note pad and camera bag open, so this float had a nice easy start to it.

The upper Rogue was cookin’ at about 4,000 cfs, but it was a nice steelhead green. Kept the notepad and camera bag under the fly deck and tried fishing like normal steelhead bums.

Missed two nice ones in the first hour, then hit what has got to be the lamest steelhead possible in February…a spawned-out, 16-inch male summer steelhead.

That’s the smallest adult summer spawning in the Rogue. And it was a kelt, with as much energy as decaf coffee.

While not all steelhead are kelts, all kelts are steelhead. so it counts as a February fish.

Kelts count as steelhead/Lusch was very unimpressed/Almost called BS.

That fish wasn’t even worth pushing it right up to the fish-eye lens to make him appear, oh, like 19 inches.

Thankfully, we moved into lower Catfish and Lusch instantly nailed a legit wild winter steelhead…all 24 1/2 inches of her.

That’s about the smallest adult winter steelhead you’ll find in the Rogue.

So under the Saturday sun Hack put to of the saddest versions of Rogue steelhead in the boat ti get the stink outta February.

The streak is afoot/Steelhead of the Month Club lives/Got Lusch off my A – -!

 Lusch whipped out the Nikon and got a few frams for an upcoming Fish Hack piece on high-water steelheading.

And just like that, our play-time ruined by work. Will have to expense the day now.

It’s not honest work/But it’s our work nonetheless/Can’t suck to be us.

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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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