Our 2014 Rogue River fall fishing season started out with a bang! Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Seign Counts at the Gold Beach was near record for Adult steelhead and half pounders. We were faced with low clear water due to a very dry winter. Our first September trip was off the charts, half pounders and Adult steelhead where everywhere but by late September fishing was tough, we were all questioning the fish counts, thankfully the Rogue River was still working it’s magic. It was a spectacular fall.
Mid October we started receiving heavy rains, these rains were early and heavy, the river came up and river was off color, I was worried about our fishing chances, WOW the fish were there! The last four trips were very good; we caught more Adult steelhead than we have seen in years. Our last trip was this past November 1-3, we spent our nights at Marial Lodge and Illahe Lodge both lodges were very accommodating and great! The river was high when we launched but the steelhead must not have noticed it, fishing was great! Especially on day two between Marial and Illahe lodges. The crew landed over 25 Adult steelhead and we all lost count on half pounders. With 68 degrees and sunshine and all the fish you could catch, it was a special Rogue River Trip. Tina and I are anxious about the possibility of running more November trips next season.
Historically we would always see strong returns of Adult steelhead following a big half pounder year, history did not fail us this season. With that said; next year should also be a great Adult steelhead year. This year’s half pounder counts exceeded last years and are three times the ten year average. The crew and I have only been off the river a few days and I am already excited for next season.
Tina and I want to say THANK YOU again to all the groups that came down the river this season and we look forward to seeing you again. We have great Rogue Rafting and Rogue Fall fishing dates available for next year, give us a call and let’s get out on the river!
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Last Rogue Fall fishing season was as good as it gets for half pounders. I wrote and told guests that historically we have a good Adult run after a good half pounder run. Well here it is! There have already been more Adult steelhead counted as of August 29th than all year last season.
That is not the best news though, The half pounder counts are equal with last year, we should be looking at one amazing fishing season in the Rogue Canyon this fall and we are ready!
Guess what another big half pounder run this year means? We should have another great Adult run next year so much to look forward to. :)
Give Tina a call for last minute 2014 dates and book early for next years projected great season!
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We get asked this question all the time while fishing the Rogue River;
exactly what is a half pounder?
A nice article in the Salmon and Steelhead Journal was written about “half pounder fishing” on the Rogue River. Craig was quoted a number of times throughout this article.
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Hello from the Willamette,
Tina and I hope this finds you well. Since mid-January our weather patterns have been somewhat normal. My winter steelhead season was one of the best I have had in 3-4 years.
I’m just wrapping up my Columbia, Willamette, spring Chinook Salmon season. Once the water warmed to 48 degrees in the Columbia fishing was unbelievable, in the Columbia that is. It’s comforting to know that even in 2014 we can have huge fish runs (let’s just hope man does not screw it up somehow). Spring fishing in the Willamette has been fair we are catching fish everyday but not the numbers we would like to see. I have 2 weeks left then we are off to the Deschutes River!
Everything looks good for the Deschutes. I think we are going to see favorable water levels and our weather patterns appear to be normal, these are both key for good bug hatches, which relates to trout on your fly.
We always look forward to our Deschutes season. I love the river, and the fishery. Most of our guest have become friends and I always look forward to seeing them and of course my crew; Bob, Guy, Andrew ,Johnny and Harry. We have 3 prime dates available; June 4-6 (great salmon fly date). June 11-13 and June 29-July 1st (both great caddis fly dates). Don’t miss this great trout fishing opportunity. The Deschutes is Oregon’s greatest trout fishing opportunity, so come and join us on the Deschutes River.
We also have 3 Grande Ronde River trips scheduled this June and as always we look forward to fishing the Grande Ronde. When the river is right it’s some of the best trout fishing we get to experience throughout the year. It’s also a beautiful river with spectacular camp sites and views, for me and crew it is truly a joy to be able to float and fish the Grande Ronde. We do have availability for late June or early July.
Don’t forget that summer is just around the corner and if you have not done so, please check out http://www.rrotrips.com for Rogue River fishing and Rafting opportunities.
Tina & Craig
For more information on any of our trips call Tina 888-767-3144
PS. If you want to see all that we do visit http://www.rrotrips.com
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Hello from the Rogue River
Anyone who has lived in Oregon very long knows this was an abnormal September to say the least. We have had a tremendous rain event, wind, rain, river up, down, up, down. Even with all that is has been the best steelhead half pound fishing I have ever experienced, many of the half pounder are 17 to 19 inches and 2 to 3 pounds, fat healthy which is good to see.
Next year is a long way away but if history proves true we should have amazing adult steelhead fishing. :)
Book early for 2014 Rogue River Canyon Fall Fishing!
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A note from Craig about the Rogue River Fishery:
“Hello, I hope this finds you well. I wanted to inform you about the steelhead infestation the Rogue River is experiencing at this time.
ODFW has a seine net that they operate 3 days a week 8 miles upriver from Gold Beach. This net catches a very small percentage of migrating fish about 2%, but it allows ODFW to tag,scale sample and estimate run size. The 10 year average on half pounders is 1239 counted through Nov. 1st at this point they have counted 1672 as of August 7th. Adult steelhead 10 year average is 318 and of August 7th there has been 92, remember those counts only reflect about 2% of the annual numbers.
Peek counts occur in early September and good numbers of fish are counted thru Oct.
In short this is going to be an amazing steelhead fishing season, we still have a few open dates available for this season; Sept 2-4, Sept 7-9, Sept 17-19, and Oct 22-24. I hope you can enjoy what looks to be a record breaking steelhead season.”
Give Tina a call and lets go fishing! :)
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This time of year our crew will split duties. Craig heads to the lower deschutes to hunt the alusive Deschutes steelhead and our awesome RRO rafting crew continues to run our classic Rogue rafting adventures.
Craig reported in from the Deschutes yesterday:
“I’m starting the first leg of my Lower Deschutes steelhead trips. I’ll be on the Lower Deschutes for the most part of August. Our first trip has been unbelievable, we went 5 for 5 on our first evening. Anyone that has fly fished for steelhead (on the deschutes especially) understands how incredible that is.
I’m also really looking forward to is our Rogue Fall fishing trips, there are a lot of Chinook and silver salmon in the ocean. Summer steelhead look strong as well.
It’s a mild to low water year for the Rogue. Our methods of fishing with flies and plugs seem to do better in the low water years. I have a great crew who I look forward to working with. I know we are going to have a great fall.”
As the Rogue begins to reopen, Craig will remain on the Deschutes. There are a few days still available with Craig as steelhead hunt continues. Between Aug 13th – 21st ~ All signs point to a season you should not miss.
Give Tina a Call for dates and rates 1-888-767-3144. :)
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