Sunday, June 17, 2018

Southern Oregon’s Williamson River is heating up! 

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.


  1. We had a wet spring and early summer. March dumped and early June added to the lake levels with some cold water. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.  


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The time Is now for Rogue River Winter Steelhead

Coming to the net!
Time to enjoy the Upper Rogue!


With fresh fish showing daily, and March rains making the upper stretches of the Rogue more appealing to the winter brutes, the time to hit the River is now. 

With the river at fall levels, the Rogue is a fly fisherman's dream. We are currently running at 1450 cfs at Dodge Bridge, but with the showers that will fluctuate. the color is from clear to emerald (stretch depending) and its in perfect shape for those sinking scandi's with normal patterns. I tend to concentrate on shallow rocky runs this time of year for swinging as the fish warm quicker and become more active in that type of water with the colder temps. Of course nymphs and egg patterns will take a ton of fish.

Its a perfect time of year to get out and shake off those cobwebs. if you need some help or advice feel free to call me at 541-951-6952 Nate