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Autumn Rogue River Trip

Summer’s winding down, but don’t think the rafting season is over, because September and October are great times to raft the wild and scenic stretch of the Rogue river.

A permit is still required to run this section of river, (the permit season is from May 15 through October 15th), but you won’t have any trouble getting a permit. Every remaining day of September and October are loaded with unclaimed river permits.

All you have to do is figure out which days work for you, call the BLM office on the link above and grab a permit.

This is one of the greatest times to float the Rogue River because not only are you getting a great whitewater rafting trip in, but you’ll also probably hit some great Steelhead fishing too. Lots of folks choose to bring their Drift Boats instead of their rafts just so they can fish more efficiently.

Summer’s Last Gasp

This time of year in Southern Oregon is what they call Indian summer, in short, there’s not much precipitation and the days are warm. You’ll need a coat and long pants at night, a cozy sleeping bag and probably a tent, but the days can be wondrously warm.

Of course the days are shorter and the nights longer, but you’ll still have plenty of time to get to your next camp without having to work too hard.

If you want to maximize your time on the water and don’t want to camp at all, you can look into booking a couple of nights at one of the lodges in the river corridor. They provide a huge family style dinner, clean sleeping areas and a send you off with a hearty breakfast. Continue reading Autumn Rogue River Trip

Half Pounder Steelhead on the Rogue River

It’s Fall which means it’s time to start thinking about hitting the lower Rogue for the annual half pounder steelhead run.

If you’re unfamiliar with just what a half pounder steelhead run is, let me explain.

Normally Steelhead (basically sea run trout) are born in the river, stay until they’re around 7 inches long then head downstream to the ocean where they stay for 2 to 3 years, getting big and strong.

Half pounders, though return to the river after only a couple months. This is an unexplained phenomenon which happens only on the Rogue the Klamath, and the Eel rivers.

 

The half pounder steelhead aren’t sexually mature when they come upriver, so they don’t spawn and die, but hang out eating then return to the ocean in the Spring. They return again the next year as fully grown mature steelhead.

What does this mean for steelheaders? It means some amazing fishing. Though they’re called “half pounders” most are more like 2 pounders.

half pounder steelhead
hatchery steelhead perfect for eating

What they lack in size they more than make up for in viciousness. They’re amazing fighters, hitting a fly like a ton of bricks, jumping, shaking and spooling line like they’re much larger than they actually are. Continue reading Half Pounder Steelhead on the Rogue River