Rogue River, Upper

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
9 am
1.64/12
7 30 year
9 am
2.82/1760
53.1
7 30 year
9 am
2.40/11
7 30 year
9 am
3.46/2150
53.2
06/01:

Marcus at The Ashland Fly Shop says Salmonflies are hatching in the Rogue mainstem (but not yet in the Holy Water below the dam) as far downstream as Shady Cove.

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

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


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

Adult

Bankwater near foilage: standard dry fly

► Trout in the upper river (below the Holy Water section) are not large, but they are active and aggressive at this time. Skating, swinging, and drifting attractor patterns is effective.

► The best salmonfly fishing is in the short, fly-fishing-only section below Lost Creek Dam. Near dusk, egg-laying females drop to the river in big numbers and trout go nuts. Anglers go nuts, too, and this is a crowded fishery. Most folks do it wrong: they cast and cast and cast, and never take a break until they pack up for home. You're better off to stake out your patch of water (anglers can be just a cast apart), and cast your dry fly to a rising fish whose position you know (and can cast to) precisely; use a downstream presentation if you can. After you've caught a fish (or cast enough to put down all the trout within range), stop fishing until trout are once more actively rising in front of you. If you do this, you'll spend less time fishing, but you'll catch more fish.

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


► When fishing outside the Holy Water, don't even THINK of trying to fish near where the salmon anglers are fishing, especially if they're bank anglers; you'll be lucky to escape with your life.

Steelhead


► Some summer steelhead always move into the river in June, but the real fishing for these big migratory rainbows won't start until August. Use traditional tactics and standard summer steelhead swinging flies except around boulders and highly structured water where indicator tactics and standard steelhead nymphing flies will work best.
Medford
Grants Pass
Shady Cove

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