New Steelhead Guides & Rogue River Fishing Report

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Despite the low returns of steelhead to west coast rivers this season, the Rogue River is fishing as well as we’ve ever seen.  The fly fishing only regulations opened a week ago and conclude at the end of October.  With ideal water temps in the 50’s, some recent showers that cleared the air and moved some fish along with a weather forecast calling for cooler temperatures and showers the fishing may even get better!  If you are anxious to get your steelhead season off to a successful start drop us a line.  We are excited to have recently added two new experienced and friendly guides, James Sampsel and Kait Bailey who feature the Rogue along with the Klamath & Umpqua Rivers as well as the 10433269_10205460673777049_7660639668061845505_nOregon Coast.

While Kait & James often guide all methods, both nymphing and twitching flies from the boat,  they are particularly fond of swinging flies for steelhead and have successfully introduced this artful technique to seasoned anglers and beginners alike.  The fall season on the Rogue typically runs through Thanksgiving and they still have several dates available.  We do not expect this availability to last for long as it is our busiest time of year, so drop us a line at your earliest opportunity to enjoy steelheading at it’s finest.

IMG_108820170807_075234We would like to also congratulate our good friend and fellow guide Brandon Worthington on accepting his new position as Director of the Outdoor Program at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks!  We will miss his enthusiasm and good humor but remember fondly the magical days we spent together chasing ghosts.

IMG_2466IMG_523620170822_162856There has been some patchy smoke from local fires in the Rogue Valley but on most days it has been comfortable, particularly in the early mornings on the river when fishing is at its best.  With cooler temps and some rain showers air quality has improved.  The overcast has actually made fishing later in the day more productive and the steelhead much more surface oriented!

Klamath River
The Klamath is coming in shape as water temps have dropped into the mid sixties, the water is low and clear and a few steelhead are starting to show in the mid and upper river which we feature.  The salmon season has been closed so you can count on having the river to yourself.  We have guide availability in the coming months which is prime time and our busiest so call us now to schedule a date with an experienced local guide.

IMGP0010IMGP0005The Upper Sacramento and McCloud Rivers
Fly fishing on the Upper Sac and McCloud has held up surprising well this summer and with the largest number of October Caddis nymphs we’ve ever seen is about to get very exciting.  If you’ve experienced this hatch you’ll want to schedule a trip, if you haven’t now is the time to plan an adventure you’ll want to return to every season.  We have had fair to good success recently nymphing pocket water and oxygenated runs during the day and enjoyed fishing small and tiny dry flies to rising fish in the evenings. A quick FYI The road to Ah-Di=Nah will be closed for repairs September 13 & 14th.

Lower Sacramento River
It’s been much too hot for us the past few weeks (110 degrees +) to venture out on the Lower Sac but after this weekend temps will be dropping as will the annual much anticipated Salmon egg drop which provides exciting viewing of these magnificent creatures and the best opportunity of the year to land the trophy Rainbow Trout of a lifetime.  Again, it is our busiest time of year so schedule your fall trip soon before our calendars fill.

We hope you will take the opportunity to fish with us this fall but if you are headed our way and wish to fish on your own feel free to drop a line, we always enjoy sharing all we able about the rivers we love.

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