A wonderfully infectious river: glossy green tailouts, lichen covered cliffs, towering Douglas firs and a super-race of summer steelhead that rise to skated dries. Many consider the North Umpqua the graduate school of steelhead streams. More like a temptress, really, with beauty and mystique apparent to all, yet secrets understood by only a dedicated few. Appreciation for this river slips into your soul, and seduces you into becoming a better angler.
The North Umpqua’s 32 miles of “fly only” water are among the most radically regulated waters in the West and prohibit the use of weight throughout the prime summer months. For those who seek the challenge and rewards of catching a steelhead on a dry fly, this is the ultimate playing field. We have enlisted the river’s finest guides including Tony Wratney, Scott Howell, Mike Peters and Rich Zellman. Their knowledge and dedication to the North Umpqua are unsurpassed and days spent with them are intense, physical, and more often than not rewarding.
North Umpqua River Accommodations:
With accommodations at the historic and refined Steamboat Inn, this is a classic steelheading experience unlike any other. Due to the comfort and amenities provided by the Steamboat Inn, the many hiking trails, nearby wineries and proximity to Crater Lake National Park, this is also a great getaway for non-angling, nature-loving companions.
Additional accommodation options are available including the Steamboat rental houses, Illahee Inn, and the Dogwood Motel. Please call for details.
North Umpqua Season: June – October
North Umpqua Fish Species: Summer steelhead
North Umpqua Rods and Reels:
All-Purpose Double Hand Rod: Diesel 7136-4
Summer Steelhead Double Hand Rod: Diesel 6126-4
Double Hand Fly Reel: Diesel Chrome Fly Reel
Double Hand Fly Line: Scandi Fly Lines
Single Hand Rod: Diesel 7100-4
Single Hand Reel: Diesel 7/8 Fly Reel
– Green Butt Skunks
– Silver Hiltons
– Blue Charms
– Purple Perils
– Polar Shrimp
– Intruder style flies
– Hoh Bo Spey