If you enjoy fly fishing this 3 or 4 day float through the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River is for you. During the time that we fish the canyon a unique fish arrives on the Rogue River. A smaller Steelhead follows the regular Steelhead and Fall Chinook up river. This fish, the”half-pounder”, is more than plentiful on the Rogue River… 🙂
Referred to as a jack or immature steelhead, they weigh one-half to three pounds and enter the Rogue to feed. Fly-fishing for the half-pounder and Summer Steelhead is at its finest. Our Rogue River Outfitters Canyon Guided Fishing Trips are three or four day drift boat fishing adventures and are available on a limited basis only.
Steelhead with the life-history pattern called “half-pounder” are steelhead that return from their first ocean season to fresh water. After only 2 to 4 months of saltwater residence. They generally overwinter in fresh water before outmigrating again in the spring.
The half-pounder migration has been termed a “false spawning run” because few half-pounders are believed to be sexually mature. However, Everest found some spawning activity by male half-pounders that were 355-406 mm in length.
Half-pounders are reported in the scientific literature from the Rogue, Klamath, Mad, and Eel River drainages of southern Oregon and northern California… Anecdotal accounts suggest that the half-pounder life history may also occur outside of these basins. However, the lack of either a half-pounder fishery outside the Rogue, Klamath, Mad, and Eel Rivers or scientific documentation suggests that if it occurs in other locations, the half-pounder strategy is less successful than in the basins named above and occurs at a much lower frequency. NOAA-NWFSC Tech Memo-19
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