Roseburg, Oregon. Guide Mike Springer of Springer’s Guide Service http://www.springersguideservice.com/ and Rogue Wilderness Adventures http://www.wildrogue.com/ reports 100 fish days for smallmouth bass on Oregon’s Umpqua River. Mike says, “The fly bite was awesome!” Mike sent along a couple photos including one of a Midnight Fire Carpetbagger Nymph that had survived “100 straight fish attacks” that very day. Mike also said something about crawdads, but I don’t believe him. Springer’s Guide Service http://www.springersguideservice.com/#top
Some of my favorite spots along the Rogue River, Oregon require a half-hour or longer walk. The early season can be hit or miss for summer steelhead. For that reason I don’t often like to deal with hauling out the drift boat. An opportunity that I like to go “back to the roots.” Back to my early days of fly-fishing discover on the river. During the summer months this is often best done with an early start. Rogue Valley days can run in temperature extremes from morning 50°F’s to afternoon 90°F’s. This early June day was exceptional. The temperature never got above 75°F, and I was able to peruse several good locations. I found very little action, even with the smaller trout. In one stretch the shy bites did seem to come, though a bit grudgingly. Duly noted, and soon to be visited again.
“The happiest lot of any angler would be to live somewhere along the banks of the Rogue River, most beautiful stream of Oregon. Then, if he kept close watch on conditions, he could be ready on the spot when the run of steelhead began.” Tales of Fresh-Water Fishing, Where Rolls the Rogue, Zane Grey, 1928
Summer steelhead are making their appearance on the Rogue River. These early June fish can be quite hard to find. Good that they are ready biters, because that can make the difference in the higher water flows of June. With water releases at about 2200 CFS for the far upper river, the flow is about 2800 CFS where I was searching. Carpetbaggers, Brown Fork Tail Princes and G.R. Hare’s Ears are good flies to be swinging now. The Bead Head G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph garnered the most strikes today.