Rogue River, Upper

River Levels

GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
6 am
1.52/16 ↓
7 30 year
6 am
1.89/910
52.2
7 30 year
6 am
2.41/13 ↑
7 30 year
6 am
2.76/1270
53.2

 

Major Hatches for September

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Nymph

Size 16-20 Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear. Brown, brown-olive

Moderate runs, just below riffles: indicator, tight line, rising nymph

Emerger

Size 16-20 Sprout Midge, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Dun

Size 16-20 Sparkle Dun, Comparadun, Hairwing Dun. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Spinner

Size 16-20 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Dark body

runs, slowish riffles: surface swing

Adult

Size 12-18 Goddard Caddis, X Caddis, Parachute Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis. Body: brown, green, dark gray; Wing: tan, brown

Egg-layer

Size 12-18 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Body: brown; Wing: black

Riffles, current seams, backeddies below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph, rising nymph

Nymph

Size 6-10 Kaufmanns Stonefly, Rubber Legs. Black, chocolate brown

Riffles, moderate-fast runs; just below these: indicator, tight line

Pupa

Size 10-22 Chans Chironomid Pupa, Zebra Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

Adult

Size 10-22 Griffiths Gnat, Sprout Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

Adult

Size 2-10 Woolly Bugger, Bunny Leech, Hale Bopp Leech, Possie Bugger. Black, browns, olives

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift

Ant



Adult

Size 10-16 Parachute Ant, Ant. Black, brown, red-brown

 

September Tips

Steelhead


► Once the salmon go on their redds (possibly late in the month), egg flies will be the best bet for steelhead.

► Sometime in mid- to late-September, the Corps of Engineers will drop the output from Lost Creek Dam to around 1,000 cfs. Steelheading gets even better at that time. The water will be cooler and the fish will be more concentrated. Indicator tactics will work best then.

► If the river is high, it's a good time to use traditional tactics as well as indicator tactics. A higher river level will spread out the fish, and the warmer water will make them more willing to take a swinging fly.

► This month and next, part of the Upper Rogue is fly-angling only; that means regular fly gear or bubble/fly rigs. That also means NO weight on the leader, so leave the split-shot in the bag.

General


► If the flows drop to around 1,000 cfs, boating can be tricky in some of the areas below Shady Cove. Passage through Rattlesnake Rapids is especially "technical" in low water. If you're new to the river, you might want to take your first boat trip with someone who knows this section.

 

Other Months

What to expect in 

 

 

Other Rivers or Lakes

 

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Weather

Medford
Grants Pass
Shady Cove

 

Other Info Sources

The Ashland Fly Shop 541-488-6454