I pursue summer steelhead on the North Fork of the Umpqua River,
out of Roseburg, Oregon from mid-June, July and into August.
Summer steelhead vary in size from six to twelve pounds, with
even larger fish showing up in the day's catch every now and
then. Summer steelheading is the ultimate fair weather fisherman's
dream as the daytime temperature encountered ranges between
75-90 degrees. We're talking serious shorts and t-shirt weather
here, folks. This is perhaps the only Oregon fishery where rain
is considered a rarity and swimming is a plus! Don't forget
the sunscreen and hat.
Summer runs are known to bite
aggressively, and are famous for being spectacular leapers when
on the hook. We will be casting light tackle for these silver
beauties lying amongst the Umpqua River's cool green riffles
and slots. You can expect to be getting on the river before
the roosters crow because the fish bite best before it really
begins to bake out!
This is one of the most exciting fisheries the Pacific Northwest
has to offer! These fish go bananas when they fight! Winter
steelhead begin to show up in earnest hot on the heels of the
king salmon run. By mid December anglers have solid opportunities
to hook into steelhead on all of the coastal rivers in the general
vicinity of Brookings, Oregon. These dynamic gamefish are available
in excellent numbers all the way through the season's closure
on April 1. The average winter steelhead weighs from five to
ten pounds. However, there is always a good possibility of landing
fish in the twelve to fifteen pound catagory. Trophy steelhead
tip the scales in excess of twenty pounds!
*For the serious adventurer, I
have a couple raft access only drifts through remote river canyons.
These trips involve some moderate portaging which requires direct
client participation. These trips are not for the faint of heart!
I require my guests to have full length waders and wading shoes
for this particular fishery.
Winter salmon and steelhead
From mid December through
mid January there is an EXCEPTIONAL combination fishery available
for large, late season kings with the additional bonus of winter
steelhead thrown in for good measure! I consider this to be
one of the premier fisheries on the Oregon coast, so, make sure
to get your bookings in early for this one! Santa Claus deserves
the Oregon 'double header!' We will concentrate our fishing
efforts on either the famous Sixes or Elk Rivers depending on
prevalent water levels at hand. I fully guarantee this to be
some of the best fishing to be found in the lower 48 states!