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Destination Spotlight - North Umpqua Base Camp

Posted on 29 June 2017

Chris Myron | North Umpqua Swing Run

Dillon Renton is not your average steelhead guide. At 25 years of age, he is younger than many but when you factor in that he caught his first steelhead on a fly at age eight and began professionally guiding at 16, it doesn't take long to figure out that he has had more practical experience than many guides twice his age. Dillon grew up in an outfitting family and following in the footsteps of father David, along with mother Debbie and younger brother Knut, the Renton family have created Renton River Adventures through hard work and true attention to detail. Dillon has guided on the fabled steelhead waters of the Deschutes, as well as Prince of Wales Island and he has learned the nuances of guiding the North Umpqua through years of understudy with the river's best, Tony Wratney.

Location: The Umpqua Basecamp is located approximately 30 miles east of Roseburg, OR

Fishing Program: During the winter fishing program there will be multiple angling options available. These options include traditional swing fishing in the fly water as well as drift boat floats on the lower reaches of the North where guests can indicator fish, swing fish or both. When it comes to having a crack at some of Oregon's largest winter steelhead, this private four-person venue will prove hard to beat. The summer fishing sessions will be spent almost exclusively in the fabled Fly Only section of the North Umpqua and offer anglers a great chance to target these amazing fish on dry flies. These trips will begin with a late-afternoon arrival followed by an evening session and then two full days of fishing and a final morning session on the day of departure. Dylan and his crew are a responsible hard working bunch that love to teach and improve their guest's skills and we are confident that these prime-time programs will become coveted by those lucky enough to sign on.

Marcus Mattioli Photography | North Umpqua River | Ashland Fly Shop

Accommodations and Meals: Dillon will run two distinct seasonal programs on the North Umpqua. The first will be a four-person winter program during the prime months of February and March. In this case anglers will stay in comfortable rental homes along the river and have all meals prepared by their guide crew. Meals are top notch and a mixture of unique dishes thoughtfully prepared and served by your guides. In winter a full breakfast will be served prior to your departure to the river. In July and early August, Dylan will set up a deluxe tent camp where anglers will fish split-day sessions for the famous summer steelhead of the North Umpqua. The summer program will have you eating a quick breakfast, so you depart camp early and take advantage of the cool temps and low light conditions that the early morning offers. Winter lunch will be served stream-side, while summer lunches will be served back at camp where you can take a siesta and rest up for the evening shade session. All meals are timed to take advantage of the best fishing conditions and will have guests satisfied and ready for the great fishing that the North Umpqua offers.

North Umpqua Base Camp | Fly Water Travel

Sample Winter Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive in the PM, dinner and overnight Day 2 - 4: Full days of guided fishing. All meals and overnight accommodations included. Guests depart after fishing on the final day.

Sample Summer Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive camp about 2PM and prepare for an evening of fishing. Day 2 - 3: Split days of guided fishing include an AM session and PM session with a siesta in between. All meals and camp accommodations included. Day 4: Breakfast followed by an AM session of guided fishing. Depart camp for home.


2017 Summer Rate: $1800 per person for a 3 night / 3 day package

2018 Winter Rate: $2250 per person for a 3 night / 3 day package

Note: two angler minimum, custom length packages available upon request. Guests can add an extra night on the winter program for an additional $200. Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge/camp, guided fishing, rods/reels, flies and/or terminal tackle.

Not Included: Transportation to/from the lodge/camp, waders and studded boots, alcohol, staff and guide gratuities. Note: for summer camps guests will need to bring their own sleeping bag

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