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Rogue River, Upper

Monday, December 22, 1:35 a.m. PST


Current River Levels

For 7-day, 30-day, and one-year graphs, click bold type below.

GAGE LOCATION

DAY/YEAR
GRAPHS

CURRENT
STAGE/FLOW

WHAT TIME

Elk Ck near Trial

7 30 year

9.40 / 5030

12 am

Rogue/Dodge Bridge

7 30 year

6.60 / 10100

12 am


Weather

Click bold type for weather from NOAA, Accuweather, or The Weather Channel

CITY

Medford

NOAA

Accuweather

TWC

Grants Pass

NOAA

Accuweather

TWC

Shady Cove

NOAA

Accuweather

TWC


What to Expect in December

How to use this section.


Hatches divided by half-month.  Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

HATCH

NYMPH/
LARVA

PUPA/
EMERGER

DUN/
ADULT

EGG-
LAYER

Blue-winged olive

Salmonfly

Midge

Leech


Steelheading can be good in December. These are summer-run fish that are typically three to six pounds. Size 10-12 stonefly nymphs, such as Kaufmanns Stonefly and Rubber Legs, as well as red or copper Copper Johns, Big Birds, Princes, and Egg Sucking Leeches will take fish. Dead-drift your fly around ledges, rocky structure, and in slots. In other spots, a wet fly swing with a sink-tip line will work best.

Look for flows at Dodge Bridge that are under 2,000 cfs before you head for the water. If water quality is poor, try fishing above Casey Park. This puts you above Butte Creek, a major source of turbid water after a storm.

The regulations restrict bait anglers to four miles of river, between the hatchery and Rogue-Elk Park. Not very many of the gear-types have gotten the word, however, and a lack of enthusiasm for enforcing the law has not discouraged them from fishing the artificials-only section.

The Holy Water below Lost Creek Dam is worth a try for its plump trout. Use midge, blue-winged olive, and leech patterns.

For more on December tactics and flies, see the Rivers in General forecast

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Other Info Sources

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The Ashland Fly Shop 541-488-6454
Online report


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Feature Articles

Fishing the Upper Rogue with Todd Osterson


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