This time of year anglers sometimes have a hard decision to make do we go test our luck for early spring Chinook or continue fishing for late Winter Steelhead. Last week before our rains hit steelhead fishing was very good. No matter what the angler might choose you are always a winner when fishing.
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Cecile Rittneour is no stranger to catching steelhead, in fact he has caught quite a few on the John Day fishing spinners and jigs. Today was Cecil’s birthday and his first Winter Steelhead fishing trip. It was quite obvious he knew his way around a spin outfit, I only wish I could cast as well. Cecile fished well with every cast in the right spot, no hang ups and his dad hooked the first two fish but Cecile did not waiver but guess what, he hooked the next three steelhead and handled them like a pro.
Good job Cecile and happy birthday my friend.
I recently had the pleasure of fishing with Sam Wurdinger who recently started a jig company named Dinger Jigs. Sam has quite a variety of jigs they are well tied and they catch fish. Sam ties using owner hooks and the finest Marabou when you see his jigs , they are beautiful. This is one of the 7 fish Sam hooked proving his jigs do work. I have defiantly been sold on fishing jigs I look forward to catching a lot more fish on a Dinger jig.
Thank you Sam good job!
If you would like to try some of these awesome jigs contact Sam Wurdinger at 503-932-8386 or email Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Steelhead season is quickly coming to an end for me. I have one more week scheduled to fish the Siletz before heading North to the Willamette for Spring chinook. With the predicted weather forecast it looks like my springer season will start a week early.
Some years I look forward to moving on to the next season others years it’s hard to leave, this year has been such a great winter steelhead year that I am not looking forward to it coming to an end. this past week was excellent fishing, my last two trips I fly fished with Clayton and Doug we hooked 6 beautiful winter steelhead on flies and the next day with Terry and Rick side drifting, we went 8 for 12 . It hard to say good-bye when fishing is this good.
Yesterday we broke out the fly rods and went 3 for 6. Soon we will be headed north for the beginning of our Salmon Springer Season. There is always mixed emotions about this transition, especially this year because the steelhead fish is still so remarkable. Regardless we are headed north to catch the King of Oregon’s Rivers the Chinook Salmon.
In a word WOW ! Wow, this has been some amazing weather. Snow, rain, more snow, cold, wow amazing fishing, some of the best fishing I have seen in years.
In a way it’s been a bit of a tough two weeks. We have had quite a few cancellations due to the special whether we have been experiencing. We have had two weeks of snow and extreme cold for Oregon but I really want to thank those who tuffet it out. They were rewarded with some AWESOME steelhead fishing. When you are in a drift boat on a beautiful river with snow flakes filling the sky and a winter steelhead pulling at your rod tip you some how forget that it might be cold outside and when this 10lb. hen decides to do her aerial show you suddenly feel warm inside.
I enjoy all kinds of fishing but there is something really special about steelhead, I guess it is because they are basically an over grow trout and they fight, jump, run, and do it all three or four times over and over again. Even when you bring one to the bank to release it, after a long battle they seem to swim away with strength and power as if the fight you feel in your heart and arm never happened. WOW, what an incredible fish steelhead are.
Everyday of fishing is special to me and everyday creates another lasting memory. Some days tent to stand out a little brighter than others, like my day with Jeff and Rick we left for the river driving in snow not even sure if it was going to be fish able by 10am we had our limit in the boat and had released quite a few other fish.
The following week Dave Nelson brought his son in-law, Jim and nine-year old grandson Reece, this was Reece first steelhead trip. We had clear skies but it was only 20 degrees, Reece was impressed with the three-foot icicles hanging from the rock bluffs, he was slightly more impressed however with his first winter steelhead which turned out to be a 39 inch hatchery buck, his second steelhead that he caught was a 35 inch hatchery hen. If you follow the formula of length and girth his first fish was around 19lbs. and second 15 lbs. that is quit a way to start out your steelhead fishing career. Way to go Reece.
Our cold weather has moved one and now it’s just wet, our rivers are all running high but I believe as soon as they drop into shape we will have another round of very good steelhead fishing.
Hello Everyone, sorry we have been so quite, we have been steelhead fishing for the past 3 weeks and fishing has been pretty good. Anyone who lives local knows our rivers have been low and clear for a long time which usually does not make for good fishing on our smaller coastal streams.
We Stuck it out and enjoyed some great weather and pretty good fishing. During this same time the Rogue River both near Gold Beach and Grants pass experienced very good fishing. At this time the weather has changed and we have received pretty good healthy rains which should make fishing on our coastal rivers very very good again.
If you happen to have followed us last year you’ll probably recognize the names Kris and Rex, we had our first trip together Monday, the weather was terrible but Kris and Rex always seem to catch fish, we were 6 for 11 with Kris landing 4 of the 6 once again good job Kris
We are scheduled to steelhead fish through March and expect to have a lot of more great days. It seems fishing everywhere in Oregon is very good so far this year.
Call us if you are interested in booking a trip. We still have a few days open and if we are booked on the date you are interested in we can put you on our cancellation standby list.
See you on the water.
Here at Rogue River Outfitters we have been enjoying the holiday season yet we cant help but notice what is happening on the Rogue. The winter steelhead fishing in the lower Rogue has been outstanding! It looks like the rain fall and higher water has slowed it a bit but next week it should clear and get right back to where it left off.
The Winter steelhead are starting to show up in the middle section of the Rogue, though high flows are making fishing difficult. The fish seem to be hugging the bank as the flows increases.
Checking the flows for the middle section of the Rogue it looks like the Rogue was at 4680 cfs on the 27th and with the latest storm it is approaching 19,000 cfs. Should be back in shape for the weekend though. So if you have a rod handy and a little extra roe or puff balls head on down to the Rogue. When the river does drop it is bound to be outstanding winter steelhead fishing.
Our season begins soon we will start in Jan. for Winter Steelhead on our Oregon Coastal rivers, primarily the Alsea, Nestucka and our favorite the Siletz. These winter steelhead average 8 to 10 pounds, 28 to 30 inches with our personal best of 28 pounds and 44 inches long. We fish from a 16 or 20 foot McKenzie River drift boat, equipped with comfortable seating and a heater for cool days.
We do our best to fish where the fish are and to match the method of fishing to the conditions of that day, these two things increase your odds tenfold. Let us do the research and preparations for your Winter Steelhead trip, we guarantee you will enjoy every minute of it.
The morning is very clear in my mind, because the day before was so unique. Ah now I have your attention.
The day before we had floated the Siletz River, one of our favorite coastal rivers to winter steelhead fish. We had noticed one of the local guides seemed to be filming a movie on the water. That was the unique part. I mean how often do you go winter steelhead fishing (in Oregon to boot) and run into a camera crew floating down right beside you… Because of that odd day, I remember putting the boat in the next day, floating a short way, and seeing the another guided trip with professional photographers shooting pictures right and left. As we floated by I felt a bit like Robert Redford, the camera’s were smok’in… Even a half mile down river you could hear the camera’s clicking.
Soooo yesterday I come home from another good day on the river, winter steelhead fishing, (which by the way is about over for me, moving north to catch the Spring Chinook) and one of my great clients from Gold Beach Oregon had sent a large envelope. I opened it up, and the first thing I saw was a picture of me Floating The Siletz. An article had been written in the Local Paper and I immediately went back to the “Camera-Redford Day”. In my mind I thought “finally a story about the river and some pictures of us hooking the big one!” Great for business right? Little pat on the back right? As I started to read the article I realized the article had nothing to do with us. In fact the article was a story about another guide and how to fish the river…
Well there it is. Our two minutes, not even close to famous. For those of you that can find the article and picture I am happy to sign it for you.
Dont forget count down is on… The Spring Chinook’s are on the way. Give us a call let’s go hook one of these beautiful fish together.
Winter steelhead season is quickly winding down for me, however fishing is still very, very good. Kris and Rex make steelhead fishing awfully easy, our three trips together were great thanks. Fished Thursday with Dave and Fred, Fred is State Senator for district 9 among other things he works with CCA(Coastal conservation association) he’s worked hard on Columbia River gill net bills and sea-lion issues, Fred understands how valuable our fish and wild life are to the real Oregon. Fred is on our side and is good for what Oregon is really about thanks for all the hard work Fred.
It’s always sad to see a good season come to an end but I am excited about spring salmon fishing. My first Springer trip is Monday march 22nd I’ll be back and forth between Steelhead and salmon all this week then start salmon fishing full-time april 1st.
Give us a call for available dates, Chinook Salmon season is about to start.