These North Umpqua Steelhead are easy

I spent three days on the Umpqua River last weekend, starting with a morning in Reedsport fishing for fall chinook. Salmon were in the river between the mouth and Dean Creek. We stumbled onto a couple good spots to fly fish this huge estuary, and trolled spinners without much luck, but a few guys landed some early season chromers.

Big Umpqua Salmon Fishing

I spent the rest of the weekend on the North Umpqua with my parents, visiting from Ohio. I fished a couple mornings before dawn.

North Umpqua Dawn

One afternoon, my dad comes back from a hike to tell me, “These North Umpqua Steelhead are easy. They’re all piled up in one spot, jumping all over.”

Well, what the hell. I followed him to his magic steelhead hole and indeed, there were big silver steelhead darting all over… in Steamboat Creek. Oh well.

Salmon and steelhead are around in the Umpqua. If you can convince them to bite, tell me how.
-MS

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4 Responses to These North Umpqua Steelhead are easy

  1. Fishkamp says:

    A friend asked why it was so hard to find fish down there. He did a similar thing and drove me to dynamite hole. “Look at ‘em all!!” We had to have a long discussion about fish conservation at that point. =)

  2. Spencer says:

    LOL, talk about a blog post title that grabs my attention!

  3. Anthony says:

    I think the title should say “These Steelhead are Easy”. I have yet to catch one in the 6 years I have been trying.

  4. Matt Lund says:

    I’ve hooked into 5 steelies and lost them all fishing last year and this on the Qua. Did hand a nookie though in the camp water. First one.

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