Rogue River, Upper

River Levels

GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
3 pm
1.88/38 ↑
7 30 year
3 pm
1.98/984
44.4
7 30 year
3 pm
2.37/9
7 30 year
3 pm
2.84/1350
48.2

 

Recent Reports

10/11:

Will at The Ashland Fly Shop says steelheading slowed down on the upper Rogue due to a high pressure system that resulted in bright, sunny days. Expect fishing to improve, however, as the weather pattern shifts to more clouds and rain.

09/28:

Will at The Ashland Fly Shop says steelheading has been good--although it is steelheading and some days will be better than others. The river level in the upper Rogue (centered on Shady Cove) has dropped. Nymphing for steelhead is always a good idea at this time of year due to the structure of the river. However, don't think that nymphing is the only tactic that works here; there are runs that cry for a swung fly . . . and steelhead who will respond to it.

 

Major Hatches for October

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Nymph

Size 16-20 Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear. Brown, brown-olive

Moderate runs, just below riffles: indicator, tight line, rising nymph

Emerger

Size 16-20 Sprout Midge, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Dun

Size 16-20 Sparkle Dun, Comparadun, Hairwing Dun. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Spinner

Size 16-20 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Dark body

runs, slowish riffles: surface swing

Adult

Size 6-8 Stimulator, Madam X. Body: light orange; Wing: tan

Bankwater near foilage: standard dry fly

Egg-layer

Size 6-8 Stimulator, Madam X. Body: light orange; Wing: tan

Adult

Size 12-18 Goddard Caddis, X Caddis, Parachute Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis. Body: brown, green, dark gray; Wing: tan, brown

Egg-layer

Size 12-18 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Body: brown; Wing: black

Riffles, current seams, backeddies below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph, rising nymph

Nymph

Size 6-10 Kaufmanns Stonefly, Rubber Legs. Black, chocolate brown

Riffles, moderate-fast runs; just below these: indicator, tight line

Pupa

Size 10-22 Chans Chironomid Pupa, Zebra Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

Adult

Size 10-22 Griffiths Gnat, Sprout Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

Adult

Size 2-10 Woolly Bugger, Bunny Leech, Hale Bopp Leech, Possie Bugger. Black, browns, olives

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift

Ant



Adult

Size 10-16 Parachute Ant, Ant. Black, brown, red-brown

 

October Tips

Steelhead


► 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. Steelhead wait below them and take spilled eggs, so a good October strategy is to cast a two-nymph combination such as a Kaufmanns Stonefly and an Egg Fly, and indicator tactics. Keep your indicator about six feet from the first fly, then use a 12-18 inch dropper for a second fly. 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.

► 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.

General


► If you are drifting the river, you need to be a good oarsman this month because of the low water. 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.

 

Other Months

What to expect in 

 

 

Other Rivers or Lakes

 

Map (enlarge)

 

Weather

Medford
Grants Pass
Shady Cove

 

Other Info Sources

The Ashland Fly Shop 541-488-6454