Umpqua River, North Fork

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
9 am
4.70/44
7 30 year
9 am
2.23/12
65.8
7 30 year
9 am
2.54/270
7 30 year
8 am
4.88/770
53.2
7 30 year
N. Umpqua
Wright Creek
0 am
3.27/1250000 ⇓
7 30 year

Steelhead


► Summer steelhead will be in the river and throughout the fly water, with the numbers dependent on the strength of the run.

► Heat is a big factor this month: it often gets over 100 degrees in the Umpqua canyon in August. To beat the heat, start fishing at the crack of dawn (on the river, starting to cast, when you can barely see; watch your step, though). Hit 4-5 runs quickly before it gets hot and the fish get sulky. To avoid crowds, fish Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday; that way you miss the people coming for three-day weekends. During the heat of the day, take a siesta or put on your Polaroids and prowl the banks looking for steelhead you can cast to in the evening.

Standard summer steelhead swinging patterns work well here. A sink-tip line is okay, but shouldn't be necessary at this time of year.

► Don't ignore the stretch above Steamboat, especially near the end of the month. The casting is more difficult, but the crowds are reduced.
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