Rogue River, Upper

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS
S Fk Rogue
Prospect
9 pm 2.30/66 7 30 year
Rogue
Cole Rivers Hatchery
9 pm 3.69/2700 ↓ 52.0 7 30 year
Elk Ck
near Trail
9 pm 2.75/37 7 30 year
Rogue
Dodge Bridge
9 pm 4.06/3100 56.3 7 30 year
forecast

 

What to Expect in June

HATCH NYM/
LAR
PUPA/
EMER
DUN/
ADLT
EGG-
LAY
Blue-winged olive
Green drake
Caddis
Salmonfly
Midge
Leech

Hatches divided by half-month.
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

 

Some summer steelhead always move into the river in June, but the real fishing for these big migratory rainbows won't start until August. This month, the primary action will be trout fishing on the short fly-fishing-only "Holy Water" section just below Lost Creek Dam, where the salmonfly hatch lasts most of the month.

The best salmonfly fishing is near dusk as 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 are usually just a cast apart), and cast a MacSalmon or Clarks Stonefly to a rising fish whose position you know (and can cast to) precisely; use a downstream presentation. 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.

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. Don't even THINK of trying to fish near where the salmon anglers are fishing, especially if they're bank anglers; you'd be lucky to escape with your life.

For more information on June fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report

What to expect in 

Map (enlarge)

NOAA, Accuweather, Weather Channel
Medford noaa
twc
accwx
Grants Pass noaa
twc
accwx
Shady Cove noaa
twc
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Other Info Sources

The Ashland Fly Shop 541-488-6454