Monday, September 25, 2017

Rogue River Fishing Guide's Report, September 24, 2017

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The 1st week of fall, here in southern Oregon, brought some rain, cooler temperatures and inspired some salmon, steelhead and anglers alike. The skies have cleared and and we are warming into the 80's for the week ahead. Our guides have been fishing, mostly, between the towns of Gold Hill and Grants Pass and fly fishing the upper Rogue near Shady Cove just north of Medford.

Weather, river, and fishing conditions are ideal. This past week has been the best fall salmon fishing of the season.

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Do you remember Don (pictured above with Brady)? A month ago he fished with us and caught a nice salmon, but Don wanted a "big one" before he turnes 100 at the end of November. Well, he got his wish!  Great work Don.  A big thanks to Brady for going above and beyond and for donating his time to make it happen.

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As mentioned in previous posts, salmon fishing on the Rogue should continue through mid October and summer steelhead fishing will continue through December with the beginning of November being the peak.

Salmon fishing on the southern Oregon coast, on the Elk and Sixes rivers, usually begins mid to late October with November being some of the best fishing for coastal river salmon, often extending into January.

We will have guides available for trips on both the upper and middle Rogue and the coast depending on your preference.

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Charlie and I are headed to the coast this week to check out a few houses for our winter move.  I always look forward to our coastal working vacation.  A change of scenery is always good for my soul especially where the river meets the ocean, the emerald hills are dotted with sheep and the pines are punctuated by mystical fog and sunshine.  After a long busy summer season, I look forward to the chance to float down the river and meander down endless stretches of beach.  And, well, then there's the seafood...I hear dungeness crab and lobster rolls calling my name.

Most of our trips are in the comfort of a heated drift boat, but if you are looking for something different (and have good winter gear), fishing from a raft can be wild and wonderful!

Check out Charlie and Brady fishing for steelhead on the upper section of the Sixes river, last winter.