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  • Fish ON

    Hatchery rainbow trout are there for the taking in the upper Rogue; you can use Gummy Worms as bait
  • PROSPECT — With his shirt off, face dirty and fishing rod in hand, 11-year-old Patrick Adams of Shady Cove has all he needs to have his own Huck Finn moment.
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  • PROSPECT — With his shirt off, face dirty and fishing rod in hand, 11-year-old Patrick Adams of Shady Cove has all he needs to have his own Huck Finn moment.
    Leaning across a small bridge over Union Creek, he dangles a piece of nightcrawler in the shadows where fresh rainbow trout were released a day earlier for just this occasion.
    Nearby, his brother, Randy, hauls in an eight-inch rainbow as Patrick studies his line for a wiggle of his own.
    "This is the place to be," Patrick opines. "There are a lot of trout here."
    There always are a lot of trout and anglers during the summer in the far upper Rogue River and its tributaries upstream of Prospect, where a mix of easy access points and weekly visits from a hatchery stocking truck turn this picturesque piece of Cascade forest into a mini-mecca for those beating the Rogue Valley heat.
    About 2,500 rainbows about eight inches long are hand-stocked each Friday at 14 key access points like bridges and campgrounds along the upper Rogue, Union Creek and other high-elevation tributaries close to Highway 62.
    The result is fresh fish available each weekend for the Adams brothers and others looking for alternatives to reservoir angling.
    "It's our premier summer trout fishery," says Dan VanDyke, Rogue District fish biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. "It's a wonderful place to escape the heat of the valley, find some shade and get into fish."
    And it's not rocket science by any means.
    The trout are hungry when they're released and they bite just about anything.
    While small pieces of worm dangled under bridges is the Adams family favorite, equally good choices include small spinners and single salmon eggs on small hooks.
    Most nymph flies will conjure up a trout or two, and even unconventional baits like Gummy Worms will fool these fish.
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