Rogue River, Upper

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
3 pm
2.73/138
7 30 year
3 pm
3.20/2170 ↑
50.7
7 30 year
3 pm
3.60/133
7 30 year
3 pm
3.85/2770
55.2
04/20:

Marcus at The Ashland Fly Shop says the winter steelhead run is winding down. However, trout fishing in the Holy Water is expected to pick up. Look for evening hatches of caddis.

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

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

Trout


► The mainstem is closed for trout fishing in April, but the Holy Water remains open.

► In the fly-fishing-only Holy Water below Lost Creek Dam, the blue-winged olive hatch is petering out, but midges should be hatching. You can also pick up fish on streamers and leech patterns, especially when there is no hatch.

Steelhead


► Look for flows at Dodge Bridge that are under 3,000 cfs before you head for the water. If water quality is poor, try fishing above Casey Park. This puts you above Butte Creek, a major source of turbid water after a storm.

► The lower Rogue is also fishable, of course, and there are some nice steelhead runs in the Galice area.

Traditional tactics with standard winter steelhead swinging flies will work, but in many runs you're better off with indicator tactics and standard steelhead nymphing flies.
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