Upper Rogue River Guide Availability
Gear Recommendations for the Upper Rogue River
Rods, Reels & Lines:
We use single-hand rods, switch rods, and spey rods on the Upper Rogue. 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 Upper Rogue 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 Upper Rogue. Spiked wading boots are recommended. Make sure to bring your own wading belt.
Steelhead are present in the Upper Rogue almost year round. Fishing can be very good as early as July and August.
September, October and November are considered the prime months for summer steelhead.
Mid-February through mid-April is prime-time for winter steelhead on the Upper Rogue.
• 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 7:00am. On some trips we may arrange to meet at the Fred Meyer in Medford.
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 frequently get out of the boat to wade. However, we can put together a trip where no wading is necessary. The wading on the Rogue is somewhat challenging, and spiked boots can be helpful.
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 Upper Rogue 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.