Umpqua River, North Fork

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
11 am
4.59/30
7 30 year
11 am
0.13/29 ↓
11 am
2.23/12
46.4
7 30 year
11 am
3.31/87
7 30 year
11 am
2.58/280
7 30 year
9 am
4.98/827
45.7
7 30 year
N. Umpqua
Wright Creek
0 am
3.27/1250000 ⇓
7 30 year

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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