June water on the upper Rogue River

A natural crossing for spring chinook on the upper Rogue River near Medford.

The mild temperatures, clouds and light rains continue to dominate the Rogue Valley weather as we enter early June. The river is flowing at a fair clip about 2100 CFS at the above pictured area. The final fish count for the winter steelhead run is 14,255 fish. There are already 103 summer steelhead counted into the upper river above Gold Ray Dam. The spring chinook numbers are rising daily the count now being 8,662 salmon. A good spot to intercept a “springer” with a fly is a natural crossing over a gravel bar. Early in the morning or late in the day is often a best time for such a feat. I like it when the fish can be seen moving through such water all day long. Then you know that you are right on a peak of the run! Good fly patterns are the Carpetbagger series, Muddy Buddies and generally long dark leech patterns.

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