The Rogue River

The Rogue River in southwestern Oregon flows about 215 miles in a generally westward direction from the Cascade Range to the Pacific Ocean. Known for its Salmon and Steelhead runs, whitewater rafting, and rugged scenery, it was one of the original eight rivers named in the Wild and Scenic River Act of 1968. Beginning near Crater Lake, which occupies the caldera left by the explosive volcanic eruption of Mt. Mazama, the river flows through the Cascades and into Lost Creek Reservoir. From there on to the Pacific is where the prolific runs of Steelhead and Salmon return to spawn either in the Rogue or its numerous tributaries. The most productive stretch for fishing tends to be from the dam to Grants Pass where the river enters its wild section and is not easily accessed from a vehicle. The historic Rogue River was popularized by Zane Grey, Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable and Teddy Roosevelt when they made note of its fishing and abundant wildlife. It is currently one of the most consistent Steelhead rivers in the west and holds fish all year. Early Fall with its cooler evenings, brilliant colors, and spawning Salmon signals their arrival. The days at this time of year are mild unlike the cold wet days of winter making your time in the boat pleasurable. All of Wild Waters Fly Fishing trips are floats and a variety of techniques are offered to suit your skill level. Swinging a single or two handed rod is productive in user friendly water during late Summer and Fall. Nymphing is probably the most consistent catch method at any time. Fall fish average about 5-7 lbs. and Winter fish about 7-10 lbs.. August РDecember offer the best time for the Fall runs and December РApril are best for the Winter runs. The Medford Airport is near by and accommodations are plentiful in and around Medford. We would be more than happy to make travel and lodging arrangements if desired so please contact us.

Rogue River at Dodge Bridge

  • Water Temp: 50 ° F
  • Flow: 1070 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 2.44 ft