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The Upper Rogue River

A Classic Steelhead River
  • Drift Boat on the Upper Rogue River
    Drift Boat Trips Our most popular trip on the Upper Rogue is a drift boat trip. The drift boat allows us to fish a lot of great water in a single day. When indicator fishing we do a lot of fishing from the boat. When spey casting we get out and wade to fish.
  • A Rogue River Steelhead
    Rogue Steelhead Typical Rogue steelies run from 4-7 pounds. There are a lot of larger fish in the mix, as well as juvenile fish called half-pounders. There are both wild and hatchery steelhead on the Upper Rogue.
  • Jet Boating the Upper Rogue River
    Jet Boat Trips We also offer jet boat trips on the Upper Rogue. These trips are ideal for swinging flies. Our guides can take you from one beautiful swing run to another.
  • Spey Casting on the Rogue River
    A great spey river The Upper Rogue is a Mecca for spey casters. There are countless runs that are perfect for presenting a steelhead fly with a spey rod.
  • Rogue River Cutthroat
    Sea-run Cutthroat It is fairly common to catch sea-run cutthroat on the Upper Rogue River. These are beautiful, heavily spotted fish that typically run 1-3 pounds.
  • Rogue River Steelhead
    Big Fly Big Fish During the winter months we catch a lot of Rogue steelhead on big leech patterns. Hoh Bo speys and variations of the Intruder are local favorites.
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Season
Flies

This is our most popular fishery in Oregon. The Upper Rogue is a great river for both indicator nymphing, high-sticking, and spey techniques. No matter what technique you use, this is one of the most productive steelhead fisheries on the west coast. Adult summer steelhead are in the river from August through December. February, March and April are prime-time on the Upper Rogue for winter-run steelhead. There are many different floats on the upper Rogue, and the nearby Applegate River also fishes will in February and March. When you book a trip with us, we have the flexibility to fish the best water available on any given day.

Upper Rogue River Guide Availability
Sep 10: Gino Bernero
Sep 11: Gino Bernero
Sep 12: Gino Bernero
Sep 13: Gino Bernero
Sep 14: Gino Bernero
Sep 15: Gino Bernero
Sep 16: Gino Bernero
Sep 17: Gino Bernero
Sep 18: Gino Bernero
Sep 19: Gino Bernero
Sep 20: Gino Bernero
For more Upper Rogue dates, please visit our Online Booking page!
Gear Recommendations for the Upper Rogue River
Rods, Reels & Lines: We use single-hand rods, switch rods, and spey rods on the Upper Rogue. Single-hand and switch rods should be seven and eight weights. Spey rods from six-weights to eight-weights will work. Bring a floating line with single-hand and switch rods. For spey rods, bring an interchangeable tip Skagit system.
Leaders, Tippet & Indicators: We usually use 0X-2X tippet on the Upper Rogue River. Tapered leaders are not necessary when fishing with sinking tips, but can definitely come in handy when fishing with floating lines.
Waders & Boots: We use chest-high breathable waders on the Upper Rogue. Spiked wading boots are recommended. Make sure to bring your own wading belt.
Season
Steelhead are present in the Upper Rogue almost year round. Fishing can be very good as early as July and August. September, October and November are considered the prime months for summer steelhead. Mid-February through mid-April is prime-time for winter steelhead on the Upper Rogue.
Flies:
Nymphs:
• Black Rubberlegs, 6
• Morrish's Dirty Bird, olive, 6-8
• Copper John, all colors, 10
• Superfloss Rubberlegs, all colors, 6
• Morrish's Anato-May, Olive, 8-10
Eggs:
• Pettis's Unreal Egg, Steelhead Orange, 12
• Glo Bugs, all colors, size 8-10
• Thunder Eggs, orange, 6
Traditional Flies for Swinging:
• Silver Hilton, 6
• Carey Special, 6
• Green Butt Skunk, 6
Leeches for Swinging:
• Fox's Sleech, Black & Copper, 2
• Miller's Olive Super Spey Leech, 1
• Egg Sucking String Leech, 2
Sample Itinerary
Meeting Time & Place: We typically meet our clients at their hotel at 7:00am. On some trips we may arrange to meet at the Fred Meyer in Medford.
Vehicle Considerations: Be prepared to follow us in your own vehicle. We may use your vehicle to help run our shuttle.
Wading difficulty: On most trips we float the river using drift boats or rafts. We frequently get out of the boat to wade. However, we can put together a trip where no wading is necessary. The wading on the Rogue is somewhat challenging, and spiked boots can be helpful.
Multiple Fisheries in one Day: Due to the distance to other fisheries and the logistics of floating the river, we devote all day to fishing the Upper Rogue River.
Length of the Day: Most full days conclude around 5:30pm. Half days end around 1:00pm.
Lodging & Travel Info
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