Rogue River, Upper

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
11 am
1.74/24 ⇓
7 30 year
11 am
2.77/1660
55.4
7 30 year
11 am
2.09/1
7 30 year
11 am
3.37/2030
57.4
08/01:

Steelhead number are good, says Will at The Ashland Fly Shop, but catching has been slow. It should improve when the weather is cool. Smoke from forest fires is an issue on some days.

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

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


Emerger

Size 12-14 Soft Hackle, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Olive-brown, brown

Bankwater: surface swing

Dun

Size 12-14 Hairwing Dun, Comparadun, Sparkle Dun. Cream

Bankwater: standard dry fly

► You may encounter hatches near dusk on the fly-only Holy Water below Lost Creek Dam.

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

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

Trout


► The Holy Water is a sunny, bright place in August, and fishing is pretty slow until evening.

Steelhead


► This is mostly boat fishing, and the river is a bit tricky to negotiate, especially if the flows drop to around 1,000 cfs and you're drifting below Shady Cove. If you're not familiar with the river, consider hiring a guide for your first trip out.

► Fishable numbers of steelhead should have come over Gold Ray Dam by now, and August fishing can be good.

► The structure of the Rogue makes it a good place for standard steelhead nymphing flies with indicator tactics; dead-drift your flies through the slots, troughs, and pocket water.

► While much of the Rogue is not structured well for traditional tactics, there are places where it works well to swing a standard summer steelhead swinging fly.
Medford
Grants Pass
Shady Cove

The Ashland Fly Shop 541-488-6454

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