The Rogue River

While typically thought of as a “half pounder” fishery (these being hard fighting sexually immature steelhead that enter the lower river by the tens of thousands) our home river the Rogue is also a prolific producer of adult summer and winter steelhead as well as fall Chinook.

Ashland and the Upper Rogue:
Located a mere 45 minutes from the prime summer steelhead waters of the upper Rogue, Ashland provides a charming, civilized hub for fishing the Rogue. Prime summer steelhead fishing extends from August through November and can be incredibly productive for anglers of all skill levels. With many fine restaurants, elegant accommodations, theater and shopping, this has become a popular fall destination for couples. Truly one of the only places in the world where you can put in a full
day on the river, enjoy a gourmet meal on the town and then catch a play all in one day. Rate: Day floats average $400 per day

Wild and Scenic Rouge Floats:
This is the classic 50-mile float trip through Oregon’s most famous section of “wild and scenic” river. This is the heart of the state’s best “half pounder” fishing where anglers of all skill levels can enjoy excellent fishing from September through mid-November. Rife with whitewater, stunning scenery wildlife, and great fishing, this is one of the west’s truly classic trips. Accommodations are at three distinct lodges along the way. Rate: $1,485 per person for a 3 night/4 day float trip

Winter Steelhead and Fall Chinook:
For anglers keen to fish for winter steelhead we recommend March and April for the upper river and February and March for the Rogue’s prime tributary the Applegate. If you are after the ultimate tug of fresh Chinook salmon on the lower river think about August and September. For all of the above we can get you set up with the region’s best guides and help you select accommodations that meet your criteria and budget. No one knows our backyard like we do so be sure to call us when planning your next trip to Southern Oregon.

Rogue River 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

Flies: 
Classic Steelhead flies are a must! 
– Green Butt Skunks
– Silver Hiltons
– Blue Charms
– Purple Perils
– Polar Shrimp
– Buggers
– Intruder style flies
– Hoh Bo Spey

Nymphing Flies:
– Glo Bugs
– Prince Nymphs
– Rubber Legs
– Steelhead Lightning Bugs
– Stoneflies
– BH Hare’s Ears

The North Umpqua River

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

Flies: 
– Green Butt Skunks
– Silver Hiltons
– Blue Charms
– Purple Perils
– Polar Shrimp
– Buggers
– Intruder style flies
– Hoh Bo Spey

 

The Deschutes River

The Deschutes has the distinction of being one of the West’s best rainbow trout fisheries, as well as being a world-class steelhead river. Fishing for the famed “redsides” which range from 12-20 inches, can be good throughout the year. The steelhead fishing gets going as early as July on the lower river and peaks on the upper river from mid September through October. Typical flows range from 3,000 – 5,500 cfs. Drift boats are used for transportation but no fishing is allowed from the boat. Wading is tough so be well prepared with cleated boots, wading belt and a good staff.

Deschutes River Accommodation:
We work closely with several outfitters for this river.  Please contact us and we’ll happily give you are recommendations.

Deschutes River Clothing:
Warm socks, polar fleece pullovers or sweaters, warm hat, warm fishing gloves, sun-gloves, sun hat, wet wading gear with neoprene socks for mid summer, waterproof wading jacket, synthetic long underwear and fleece pants, quick dry clothing including shorts. Bring comfortable clothes for camp and rugged shoes, and sandals for mid summer.

Deschutes River Climate:
Due to the dessert setting, climate varies widely from day to day, hour to hour and season to season. Come prepared for everything. Mornings are often very cold and mid day can be very hot. Wind is also a big factor due the variable weather conditions. Inexperienced anglers may benefit from overloading their rods by one line weight in windy conditions. Always bring rain gear regardless of season.

Deschutes River 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

Flies: 
Classic Steelhead flies are a must! 
– Green Butt Skunks
– Silver Hiltons
– Blue Charms
– Purple Perils
– Polar Shrimp
– Undertaker
– Buggers

Nymphing Flies:
– Glo Bugs
– Prince Nymphs
– Rubber Legs
– Steelhead Lightning Bugs
– Stoneflies