The Rogue is in good shape if your looking to swing. We have done well in the shallow stuff early and late and hit the shade and holes midday. Like most Steelhead this far from the ocean the Rogue fishes well swinging naturals! On cloudy days we have even rose a few fish skating. I like to hit it when the water temps are at their highest level in the day, when the fish are moving. I concentrate on the tailouts right before a big white water section. If the suns out forget skating, throw on a skagit and hit the holes. Fish are consistently being caught from the canyon to the top. The trees are just starting to change, making the October Rogue a river you’ll never forget. Get out there!
Sunday, June 17, 2018
After a slow start we are starting to see a few more fish hitting the system, but the best is yet to come as the Lake warms. The cold water migration seems to be a bit later this year due to a couple of things.
- We had a wet spring and early summer. March dumped and early June added to the lake levels with some cold water.
- The Klamath Tribes called water early to keep water in the lake, as this would help the juvenile Cwaam get to Harriman Springs before the summer sun heated it to dangerous levels.
- The weather has been cooler than normal. The lake hasn’t warmed to the point of pushing fish up the river.
These are three things that will make Williamson the July fishery to be on! The rest of June can be great as well, all it takes is a week of harsh sun to push a big pod of fish up the river. If you have been waiting to fish the river I wouldn’t wait any longer. The crowds haven’t hit yet and the river is clearing fast.
Hit the riffles until the river clears and the algae clears. Once the algae clears hit the deep stuff.
I like to swing softhackles, and buggers at depths, to match the conditions.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
|Coming to the net!|
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
There are a ton of different rivers out there, but the none of them are like the Rogue! The Upper Rogue is lined with amazing colors. It’s orange, reds, and yellows will mesmerize you until you get sucked back into reality with a straight line grab from its one of thousands of fierce native Steelhead.
The Rogue fishes well most of the year, but the fall can be amazing!
September through October orange dominates my fly selection but as the clouds persist in November and December I turn to black, purple, and blues.
Fall is a great time to bring out the Lts triple density Scandi that matches the water your swinging. I primarily fish these lines until the water gets below 45 degrees and I I need to swing huge intruders. The triple density scandies allow me to swim my fly in any chosen water column.
On the cold water days I pick runs that are on the shallow side and in the sun. Steelhead are always looking for that 50 degree temp. If they have to bask in the sun to do it they will. The same holds true in the early fall when water temps are high. Fish will search out the deep water. People always look at me funny when I switch to a skagit and heavy tips in the middle of a early fall day, but if you think about it the fish are going to move to the deeper pools as the sun warms the river. Remember the water temps in any river vary by depth and the radiant sun can warm a fish in 40 degree water. You have to pick the water you and runs to swing affording to those variables.
Your swing game will substantially increase in its effectiveness as you figure these things out, and fall is the perfect time to test your theories due to the changes that happen during this season.
If you hung up your swinging rod, pull it back out. Come to the Rogue and observe the fish activity compared to the the conditions. With the amount of fish that are in the Fall Upper Rogue, you can shorten you Steelhead learning curve... and who doesn’t want that?
Friday, September 29, 2017
I love the fall. We are picking up fish daily. If your looking to swing some flies right now is the time to do it as the river is in great shape! Nymphing is always productive. Remember the upper Rogue is open for flies only making less crowded. Get out there!