The past few years have seen pretty dismal runs of “half pounder” steelhead on the lower Rogue River. Early indications for this year, are that both the adult steelhead and the one salt juveniles (half pounders) numbers are up. Much of the anlging pressure on the lower Rogue right now is directed towards fall Chinook. But just out of the salt and up towards Agness and Foster Bar anglers are finding steelhead. Fishing is best early and late, typical steelhead swings with floating and sink tip lines will produce fish. The half pounders run 12″-20″ and are a great fight on a five or a six weight. Best flies include large Prince Nymphs, Copper John type patterns in large sizes and Crystal Stone fly nymphs.
One of Oregon’s most scenic trips is a float through the Wild and Scenic Rogue River Canyon. Along the way anglers will fish for steelhead, stay and rustic lodges and enjoy the great flora and fauna of an unspoiled watershed. Fishing from Mckenzie style drift boats ideal for navigating the Rogue’s famous whitewater, the trip is fantastic. We have openings for this 3 night 4 day float on Sept 12th and Sept 22nd, give us a call if you would like more info or a brochure.-CD