Rogue River, Upper

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS
S Fk Rogue
Prospect
9 pm 1.98/46 7 30 year
Rogue
Cole Rivers Hatchery
9 pm 3.02/1970 55.0 7 30 year
Elk Ck
near Trail
9 pm 2.21/4 7 30 year
Rogue
Dodge Bridge
9 pm 3.59/2320 59.7 7 30 year
forecast

 

What to Expect in August

HATCH NYM/
LAR
PUPA/
EMER
DUN/
ADLT
EGG-
LAY
Pale evening dun
Caddis
Salmonfly
Leech
Ant

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

 

The Holy Water is a sunny, bright place in August, and fishing is pretty slow until evening. Look for pale evening duns towards dusk.

Fishable numbers of steelhead should have come over Gold Ray Dam by now, and August fishing can be good. Use standard steelhead nymphing flies with indicator tactics. Dead-drift your flies through the slots, troughs, and pocket water. Much of the Rogue is not structured well for traditional tactics, but there are places where it works well to swing a standard summer steelhead swinging fly.

This is mostly boat fishing, and the river is a bit tricky to negotiate, especially if the flows drop to around 1,000 cfs and you're drifting below Shady Cove. If you're not familiar with the river, consider hiring a guide for your first trip out.

For more information on August fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report

What to expect in 

Map (enlarge)

NOAA, Accuweather, Weather Channel
Medford noaa
twc
accwx
Grants Pass noaa
twc
accwx
Shady Cove noaa
twc
accwx

 

Other Info Sources

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