Anti-Snagging Rule May Snag Oregon Fly Fishers

December 30, 2011 By: Marshall Cutchin

As Mark Freeman reports in the Mail Tribune, successful campaigning against salmon snagging may result in rules that prohibit fishing with tandem, or multi-fly, rigs on the Rogue and other Oregon rivers.  While still up for public discussion, it’s possible that the new regulations would prohibit all rigs with more than a single hook.  “Using a stonefly as a weight to pull down a second fly — such as an egg fly or a caddis nymph — under a strike indicator is a staple for summer steelhead fly-fishers on the upper Rogue. But that rigging would be illegal during the single-hook periods if the proposal is adopted.”