Category Archives: North Umpqua River Fishing Reports

North Umpqua Steelhead Management: Charting the future

An interview with Jay Nicholas by Matt Stansberry. This is a huge document, so please use the table of contents below to navigate. CONTENTS 1. Introduction 2. North Umpqua Fishery Management Proposal 3. Native Fish Conservation Policy 4. Unique Biology … Continue reading

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Fishing with Frank Moore on the North Umpqua

Last week I had the chance to fish with Frank Moore and Pat McRae on the North Umpqua for summer steelhead. I drove down to meet them at lunchtime and fished the second half of one of the first rainy … Continue reading

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More Lessons from the North Umpqua summer steelhead

My quest for North Umpqua chrome continued last weekend, this time with the help of an experienced young steelheader named Rob Kirschner. He was determined to guide me into a fish, and our first morning was a greatest-hits tour of the … Continue reading

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North Umpqua steelhead recon — after the fire

As most of you are already aware, the North Umpqua produced over a week of incredible dry fly fishing just as the Williams Creek Fire was getting started. Remember those cloudy, misty days a week or two ago? While you … Continue reading

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The North Umpqua Chronicles: Book excerpt by Pat McRae

If you’re in love with the North Umpqua, you need to read Pat McRae’s new book about fly fishing 12 months a year on Oregon’s finest wild steelhead river. You can pick up The North Umpqua Chronicles at the shop. … Continue reading

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The North Umpqua Chronicles: Q&A with Pat McRae

Saturday, I was fishing with Pat McRae, author of the new steelhead diary The North Umpqua Chronicles on his home water – the famed pools of the North Umpqua. McRae’s book will be available in August — it covers fishing … Continue reading

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North Umpqua Summer Steelhead Report

Having just returned from a 3-day, marathon fishing-trip to the North Umpqua, I wanted to share what I learned. Get ready, folks, this will be shocking. This internationally famed Oregon River is reputed to host runs of summer and winter … Continue reading

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North Umpqua Winter Steelhead heating up

It would seem long in coming but the North Umpqua river is fishing well for wild steelhead. Tony Wratney and Jeff Carr of Summer Run Guide Service had a nice weekend on the North.  Using a Sage 7136-4 Z-Axis Spey Rod a … Continue reading

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It’s all about North Umpqua winter steelhead

Fishing has been hot for Jeff Carr down on the North Umpqua this week. I haven’t sniffed a bite down there this winter, but I haven’t been fishing with Carr. Call the shop to book a trip with Jeff.

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Umpqua Steelhead moving upstream

Larry Hansen sent us this photo of an absolute chrome hog wild Umpqua Steelhead. The fish is back in the water and headed upstream. Most of the fish in the lower river near Elkton, Bunch Bar, Sawyers Rapids appear to have … Continue reading

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McKenzie, Willamette and North Umpqua fishing reports

Fall like weather has prolonged trout fishing, and made fall and winter steelhead available to the fly angler all of November and amazingly into December. Today you will find water levels on the Mckenzie, The Middle Fork of the Willamette, main-stem … Continue reading

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Q&A with Jim Van Loan, Steamboat Inn North Umpqua River

Jim Van Loan, proprietor of the Steamboat Inn on the North Umpqua likes his steelhead wild and wary, not brainless bruisers dispensed from an ODFW fillet factory. Van Loan has been arguing at ODFW hearings, championing habitat over hatcheries and … Continue reading

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Dan Callaghan’s North Umpqua — photos, conservation and friendship

A couple weeks ago, I received a copy of Dan Callaghan’s North Umpqua, a book of photographs of the river, its character and inhabitants, posthumously published by his wife, Mary Kay Callaghan. It’s a beautiful book, 156 photographs taken over … Continue reading

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North Umpqua in great shape, fishing fair

Barrett, Tye and myself left Eugene at 4am this morning and headed down to the North Umpqua. We’d had some good reports of steelhead coming to the skated dry fly. Matt Sigmeund had a fish come to the surface the … Continue reading

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North Umpqua coming around

The North Umqua River has dropped to a fine fishable level. Enough fish have past over Winchester Dam that fly anglers are having success in the fly fishing only section of the North Umqua. Things appear to be a little … Continue reading

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