Umpqua River, North Fork

River Levels

GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
3 pm
4.67/42
7 30 year
3 pm
2.62/51 ↓
46.9
7 30 year
3 pm
2.45/268
7 30 year
3 pm
5.31/1090
46.0
7 30 year
N. Umpqua
Wright Creek
N/A
2.70/814000
7 30 year
3 pm
2.53/1320 ↓

 

 

October Tips

Steelhead


Traditional tactics with standard summer steelhead swinging flies should work well most of the month and most of the day.

► Always measure the water temp. That will inform your choice of fly line--sink-tip vs. floater. The choice can be crucial to your success. For some good advice, see Sink-Tip or Floating Line?

► As the weather turns cold at the end of the month (or before), you might as well sleep in and let the water warm up before going fishing.

► Don't wait too long: if we get some heavy rain, many of the steelhead will shoot up the spawning tributaries, and you can't fish for them there.

► At this season the North Umpqua's canyon stays mostly shaded from dawn to dusk, so you can cast your fly all day.

► Chinook will be spawning this month, and they always stir things up as they thrash around; this makes the steelhead wary. But it's October, and the chinook will soon be rotting carcasses.

► A little rain should fall, and that makes October one of the best months to fish the North Umpqua. Crowds are down in October, especially on weekdays.

 

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