Applegate River Guide Availability
Gear Recommendations for the Applegate River
Rods, Reels & Lines:
We use single-hand rods, switch rods, and spey rods on the Applegate. Single-hand and switch rods should be seven and eight weights. Spey rods from six-weights to eight-weights will work. Bring a floating line with single-hand and switch rods. For spey rods, bring an interchangeable tip Skagit system.
Leaders, Tippet & Indicators:
We usually use 0X-2X tippet on the Applegate River. Tapered leaders are not necessary when fishing with sinking tips, but can definitely come in handy when fishing with floating lines.
Waders & Boots:
We use chest-high breathable waders on the Applegate. Spiked wading boots are not necessary. Make sure to bring your own wading belt.
Mid-February through the end of March.
• Black Rubberlegs, 6
• Morrish's Dirty Bird, olive, 6-8
• Copper John, all colors, 10
• Superfloss Rubberlegs, all colors, 6
• Morrish's Anato-May, Olive, 8-10
• Pettis's Unreal Egg, Steelhead Orange, 12
• Glo Bugs, all colors, size 8-10
• Thunder Eggs, orange, 6
Traditional Flies for Swinging:
• Silver Hilton, 6
• Carey Special, 6
• Green Butt Skunk, 6
Leeches for Swinging:
• Fox's Sleech, Black & Copper, 2
• Miller's Olive Super Spey Leech, 1
• Egg Sucking String Leech, 2
Meeting Time & Place:
We typically meet our clients at their hotel at 7:30am. On some trips we may arrange to meet at the Fred Meyer in Grants Pass.
Be prepared to follow us in your own vehicle. We may use your vehicle to help run our shuttle.
On most trips we float the river using drift boats or rafts. We are not allowed to fish from the boats, so we use them purely for transportation. All fishing is done on foot. The wading on the Applegate is mostly over cobble river bottoms and is not overly challenging.
Multiple Fisheries in one Day:
Due to the distance to other fisheries and the logistics of floating the river, we devote all day to fishing the Applegate River.
Length of the Day:
Most full days conclude around 5:30pm. Half days end around 1:00pm.
Lodging & Travel Info
Please visit our Grants Pass
page for local hotel and restaurant recommendations.