Quick Facts and Pricing
- January – October
- $500 Full day walk and wade trip, 1-2 anglers
$350 Half day walk and wade trip, 1-2 anglers
- Native Steelhead
- We are proponents of swinging flies with two handed/spey rods on all our steelhead trips and are more than happy to provide personal instruction on becoming proficient with them. What we generally recommend is spey rods 6-9wt. depending on season with compact Skagit or Scandi heads and various sinking tips.
- Bunny Leeches, Egg Sucking Leeches, Flatwing General Practitioners, Mega Moal, Skagit Minnows, Morrish’s Trailer Trash, River Rats, Fergus Rock Star, Skunks, Purple Perils, Skykomish Sunrises for steelhead. Flesh flies, egg patterns for Dolly Varden and pink, purple and chartreuse flies for coho.
- 6 – 2/0 flies depending on season
- Lunch of full day trips
- Clothing and Equipment Checklist
- Summer or Winter
- Cancellation Policy
A river with many faces, the Umpqua provides challenges for every season. Cascading whitewater and deep blue bedrock studded runs grace the North Fork providing picturesque opportunity for fly rodders in search of summer run steelhead from five to fifteen pounds. The thirty miles of fly only water are much the same today as when Zane Grey sated piscatorial urges here decades ago. These searun rainbows arrive in earnest from late June to the end of October and can be taken with skating drys or swung wets just under the surface. The North is not a fishery for those who shy form challenge. Wading can be tricky, but here reward is commensurate with effort. The dynamic explosion of a large healthy fish attempting to rip the reel from its seating combined with some of the most scenic landscape in the West makes for an adrenaline rush and memorable angling. Late winter and early spring finds winter run steelhead available in the North Fork as a precursor to a healthy fall chinook run. These are selective biters and not for the angler who is short on patience.
The main stem of the Umpqua from the confluence of the North and South forks provides outstanding smallmouth bass fishing from June through September. Hundred fish days are not uncommon with two to four pounders abundant and eager for buggy patterns both subsurface and on top. Your arm will wear down before the fish do here on one of the Wests’ most prolific smallmouth fisheries.
A striper and fishery exists in the lower river as these voracious predators roam the lower river to ambush steelhead and salmon smolts on their journey to the sea. A heavy run of shad provides plenty of action in the spring to round out the full meal deal available on the Umpqua, an accessible and exciting destination fishery.