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photo credit: Jon Hazlett
photo credit: Jon Hazlett
photo credit: Jon Hazlett
photo credit: Jon Hazlett
photo credit: Dax Messett
photo credit: Jon Hazlett
photo credit: Jon Hazlett
photo credit: Jon Hazlett

The Rogue is a river with several personalities. While we fish almost the entire 150 miles of it, we specialize in specific sections of it during prime windows. It’s a river one could spend a lifetime fishing and only attain a partial understanding of its character and complexity. The Rogue offers several water types. Freestone, riffle run, ledge rock, and boulder garden strewn runs are prevalent throughout. The Rogue is a Spey fisherman’s dream. We spend countless hours learning and dissecting this river and love to share it with our clients. Our main interests are summer steelhead and winter steelhead. Fall Chinook and Coho salmon are also in the mix.

The Upper and Middle Rogue span from Grave’s Creek to Lost Creek Lake and consist of about a 70 miles of river. Our summer steelhead season starts in late July and ends in December for this reach of river. Our winter steelhead season starts in mid-February and ends in mid April.

Summer Steelhead
By late July, we typically have a couple thousand steelhead that have shot up the to Upper Rogue seeking its colder water. We target these fish early in the morning and in the evenings during the cooler part of the day using floating lines. These are the “hottest” fish we catch all season. While they are few in numbers, they are also the most aggressive and feisty. Skated dries and traditional wet flies are very effective for our early fish. These tactics remain in effect through the middle of September. We do some sink-tip fishing during the day when the sun is high and bright. By mid-September the water temps start dropping and we start using more sink-tips to target these fish. Steelhead continue to migrate in good numbers upriver through December. The most popular months on the Upper Rogue are September and October, during the “Fly Only” period. The most productive month is often November when we get our late run of summer fish. It is also the least crowded. If the water conditions are good, December is too. Once we start getting high water, the steelhead shoot up the tributaries to spawn. This typically occurs in December or January. Our summer steelhead average 4-6 pounds with the occasional ten pounder.

Winter Steelhead
Winter steelhead start arriving upriver in decent numbers by mid February. So, we generally consider this a March and April fishery. We use sink-tip tactics to target these fish. Our winter steelhead are a little larger then the summer fish. Most are 7 or 8 pounds with the occasional fish in the teens.

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