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Ashland, Medford & Grants Pass, Oregon

The Rogue River is the primary fishery near Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass

The Rogue River carves its way through the Rogue River Valley, flowing through the cities of Shady Cove, Medford and Grants Pass. The vibrant arts community of Ashland is just 15 minutes down the road. Anglers visiting this area enjoy steelhead fishing from August through April on the Rogue River. The Applegate River, a tributary to the Rogue, offers steelhead opportunities during the month of March. A short 90 minute drive east puts you in the Klamath Basin where you can experience quality wild trout fishing on the spring-fed Wood and Williamson Rivers.

Guided Fly Fishing Trip Options in Southern Oregon

Best Times to Come

Steelheading is available on the Upper Rogue River from August through April, with the absolute prime months being September-November and February-March. The nearby Applegate River has a very short steelhead season in the month of March. Over the hill, the Klamath Basin is best from June through September.

Traveling to Southern Oregon

By Car: Ashland, Medford and Grants Pass are all right on I-5.

By Air: The Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport (MFR) has daily flights on Horizon Air to Portland, Seattle/Tacoma, and Los Angeles. Skywest Airlines, operated as United Express, has daily flights to Denver and San Francisco. Delta Connection has daily flights to Salt Lake City.

By Private Plane: Some of our guests fly in to the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport (MFR). Our guides can pick you up at the airport, take you to the river, and drop you off at your hotel.

Vacation Rentals in the Grants Pass/Medford/Ashland area

Hoot Owl Estates. Great location right on the Upper Rogue River. Sleeps 2 adults + 2 children. 541-880-4223.

Recommended Hotels/Motels

Riverside Inn, Grants Pass. 986 SW 6th Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526. (541) 476-6873

The Lodge at Riverside, Grants Pass. 955 SE 7th St, Grants Pass, OR 97526. (877) 955-0600

Rogue Regency Inn, Medford. 2300 Biddle Rd, Medford, OR 97504. (541) 770-1234

Edgewater Inn, Shady Cove. 7800 Rogue River Dr, Shady Cove, OR 97539. (541) 878-3171

Recommended Dining

One Fifteen Broiler. 1940s style steakhouse in the tradition of old New York. 115 NW D St, Grants Pass, OR 97526. (541) 474-7115

Beacon Bar and Grill. 2030 Vine St, Grants Pass, OR 97526. (541) 472-9375

Matsukaze Japanese Restaurant. 1675 NE 7th St, Grants Pass, OR 97526. (541) 479-2961

Omar's Fresh Seafood & Steaks. Fine seafood and steakhouse. 1380 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, OR 97520. (541) 482-1281

Jacksonville Inn Restaurant. B&B with on-site restaurant. 175 E California St, Jacksonville, OR 97530. (541) 899-1900

Local Fly Shops

Ashland Fly Shop. Great service and the best spey and trout-spey expertise in our area. 399 E. Main St, Ashland, OR 97520. (541) 488-6454

Rogue Fly Shop. 310 NW Morgan Ln, Grants Pass, OR 97526

The Fishin Hole Fly Shop. 21873 Oregon 62, Shady Cove, OR 97539

Other Attractions

Hellgate Jetboat Excursions. If Gino's jet boat isn't fast enough for you, go for a ride with these guys!

Flywater Travel. Stop by Flywater Travel while you're in Ashland and plan your next destination fly fishing trip!

Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

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