5-17-13 It’s that time of year when about every 3rd call is asking about the Holy Water Salmonfly Hatch. I would have to say it is setting up to be very good this year. With our major lack of precipitation in mind the corps seems to be pulling the flows back already and they are now below 2000 cfs coming out of the dam. This will make much more water available to fish up there for everyone.
The forecast is calling for unsettled weather for the next week or so so that will hold the hatch back until about the last week of the month which is the traditional start time. There has been good fishing up there lately on the stonefly nymphs as they are moving to the shore to become adults. The next week or so will be a good time to see them in the grass and trees along the riverbank.
We are set up here at the shop with lots of reliable patterns for this hatch and invite you to come by and browse our selection!
Major releases out of the Rogue - hopefully this will mean we will be into the snowpack a bit and have some more resonable flows for the Salmonfly Hatch! Lost Creek is full though, so thats always good.
Four Steelhead Fly Fishers with cabin fever cozied up to our cafeteria tables this weekend for Jon Bon Hazlett’s annual Steelhead flies class! Some awesome (and double secret) patterns were tied and a good time was had by all. Thanks everyone!!
Good news for people hoping for a last gasp Winter Steelhead fix… looks like they are creeping the flows down a bit out of the dam and they are now down to about 2600, which is still high but more fishable for fly flingers. Up around the Dam down to Casey Park should be a good bet for late winters.
For some reason there was a spike in flows further down the river last night, must have been some decent rain squalls in the area. That put flows at Dodge back up around 4000 and probably pretty colored up I would imagine.
Please join The Ashland Fly Shop at Tou Velle Park on the Rogue River the 3rd Sunday of every month from 10 to 1 ish for a gathering of spey casting enthusiasts & local instructors! Were putting this together to help people with an interest in Spey Casting to get a first hand look at the techniques as well as those who’ve already taken the plunge an avenue to get tips & feedback on casting issues.. and for fun! Call the shop for more info! 541 488 6454
We’ve met in October & November and had a strong turnout each time. We hope this will turn into a cool regular event where people can come and get some insight into this increasingly popular technique.
We will have lots of different Rods and Lines on hand from different manufacturers for you to demo. Sage, Winston, Airflo, Rio etc..
Please give us a call at the shop for more info!! We hope to see you!! 541 488 6454
3-11-12 Now’s the time. Winter Steelheading in the upper reaches of the Rogue, Umpqua and other area rivers is on. Water levels continue to remain on the lower end with some sweetening up this week as a series of storms roll through. The Applegate will continue to be tough as the water levels in the mid to upper river will be dismal. Try approaching a run that can handle the pressure of 1 angler a day and multiply that by 12 - what are your chances? Chances are better in the mid to lower end of this river. A great season to focus on the upper Rogue.
Trout fishing in the region is off to a great start with the mild winter and lower flows. Best to get a jump on it as this means the fishing can slow down much earlier in the summer as it heats up and more people are fishing.
As always, thanks for looking and call the shop for more specific info or an update on conditions. See you out there as it’s time to fish in this wonderful area! 541 488 6454
I know, I know.. how can you chase trout when there are winter Steelhead around? This is the response I get from my friends & customers whan I tell them I was chasing a BWO hatch at the Holy Water on my coveted day (or half a day) off. Change of scenery I guess…
It’s fun up there right now as the river is as low as your likely to ever see it coming out of the dam.. 900cfs. Which translates to just about no where you can’t reach. Try hitting the upper end for the next couple months when the forecast calls for overcast, windless conditions and you may be pleasantly surprised. Just bring your 12′ 6X leaders and stop by the shop for the right bugs! And if big fish slurping tiny dries seems passe to you it may be time to consider lacrosse…
Have had several customers travelling from different areas comment on our large Steelhead Flies selection. Thank you! We are stocked and ready to go for the 2012 Winter Steelhead season. Swing, Nymph, Swymph - you name it we’ve got the patterns for success!
2-21-12 Finally getting the message that Mother Nature may not deliver an average winter here in Southern Oregon the Bureau of Reclamation turned off the tap in the Rogue River & Applegate Lake until we see more of the fluffy white stuff at higher elevation. 900 cfs coming out of Lost Creek Lake and I think around 100 cfs coming out of Applegate Res.
Real low flows always makes the Applegate very tough. Fish tend to keg up in certain spots and just get hammered until they’ve got enough water to move on. You’ve really got to be first through the holes for the day or forget it at these flows, I can personally attest to that. If you’ve got private water or a hidden honey hole you can have banner days though.
The Upper Rogue will be a good bet in the lower flows as fish filter in. Easy to get around and very fishable for the fly angler. I was on the Upper Rogue today and the tribs are flushing pretty good from recent rains so the river is pretty colored up. Will be back to good color in a day or two I’m sure. I would give it another week or two before declaring it “on” as we are still seeing fish come in and the concentrations aren’t great yet. That said, I have heard from a few of the areas better anglers getting into a couple to three fish for a days drift. Oh! Almost forgot to mention the March Browns hatch has been spotted in several spots throughout the upper river. This is a favorite hatch for local trouters on the Upper Rogue. Makes for a fun day casting dries to rising fish between Steelhead holes!
I was up at the Holy water today trying to get in on a mid day mayfly hatch and found a few fish working. As usual my mid Steelhead season trout skills were below average and I missed all 3 takes I had to the dry. All three were very nice fish. This fellow here I got on flashback PT nymph - he was no slouch either. I am always amazed at the quality of fish up there. I saw some fish working dries that were easily 20″. And yes, they are that &$#*ing hard to catch.
Please call the shop for more specific info if you are coming to fish the area! Thanks! 541 488 6454