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Rogue River, Upper

Friday, October 31, 12:13 a.m. PDT


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

2.30 / 33

11 pm Yest.

Rogue/Dodge Bridge

7 30 year

2.62 / 1240

11 pm Yest.


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 October

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

October caddis

Caddis

Salmonfly

Midge

Leech

Ant


Low cold water is the norm for the dam-controlled upper Rogue at this time of year. That puts the river's wild chinook on their spawning redds. When the chinook are spawning, steelhead wait below them and take spilled eggs. So a good October strategy is to cast a two-fly combination such as a Big Bird or Kaufmanns Stonefly and an Eggo. Cast the rig over spawning salmon. It will reach the bottom just behind them. Let it dead-drift near the bottom where steelhead should be waiting. Don't harass the chinook or try to catch them. Above all, DON'T WALK THROUGH THE SALMON REDDS! You can identify them by the clean gravel patches amid algae-covered gravel.

When using the indicator tactics mentioned above, keep your indicator about six feet from the first fly, then use a 12-18 inch dropper for a second fly. As the water temperature drops into the low 40s, steelhead will not chase down your fly. So make sure your fly is truly dead-drifting; even a little drag will kill your chances.

With low water, you need to be a good oarsman. Watch for rocks. If you're floating through Rattlesnake Rapids (between Dodge Bridge and Tou Velle Park), you're going to bang your boat when you pass through the chute on the right (the only passage); this is not an IF, it's a WHEN.

For more on October 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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