The Rogue River is primarily fed by the cold spring water seeping out of Crater Lake. On its way to the ocean at Gold Beach, dozens of spawning tributaries add to its volume and stature. The Rogue boasts spring and fall Chinook, summer and winter steelhead, and a Coho salmon run.
We primarily target summer and winter steelhead in the Upper Rogue. The upper reaches of the Rogue are strewn with classic steelhead water, well suited for the fly-fisher. Just a few miles outside of Medford, the Upper Rogue flows through the small town of Shady Cove before it meanders through a mix of farms, ranches, and scattered riverfront homes.
The Upper Rogue is the most popular during the “fly only” period of September and October. Quality summer steelhead fishing is viable from July to December. Winter steelhead fishing is best suited for the experienced steelheader, and peaks in March and April. The Upper Rogue has miles of incredible Spey water for the two-hand enthusiast. We specialize in Spey fishing and all of our guides are well versed on the topic. Indicator nymphing is a popular and productive steelhead fishing technique that we also use. Either way, the Upper Rogue is a steelhead river that anglers of all skills levels, regardless of technique, will find a pleasure to fish.
In addition to steelhead, we have a brief trout fishing highlight on the Upper Rogue during our prolific Salmonfly hatch. Any day from mid-May to mid-June is a good bet for the angler interested in casting big dry flies from a drift boat or raft. Anglers should expect to get dozens of grabs from small Rainbow Trout, a few Cutthroat Trout, and the occasional Steelhead. This is a super fun trip with lots of action.