One of the benefits of working at a fly shop is being able to take advantage of fishing opportunities when they arise. When I was asked by Andy McWilliams to join his group on the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue, I knew it was going to be too good to pass up. The weather and the accommodations were wonderful and the fishing did not disappoint.
Over the three day float we covered from Grave’s Creek to Foster Bar staying at Black Bar Lodge and Paradise Lodge. The days consisted of fishing for “half-pounders”, eating blackened steak shore lunch, and negotiating some very tricky rapids (thanks Steve). During the evening we enjoyed fish stories, good food, and the ability to unwind (even take a shower!).
The hot flies were: Copper Bob, Mega Prince, and The Rogue Stone. While the group did well on “half-pounders” only one adult steelhead was hooked and lost in the rapids. We also noticed some salmon in the front half of our trip, the numbers thinned out as we closed in on the ocean. Overall it was a great trip, but one that should be taken with people who know how to do it!