I know things have been a little slow around here. After my exhausting trip to the Chetco that came up empty handed, I’ve been mainly busy with work. However, fishing has still been decent in the area. We really need some rain for the coastal rivers, but the upper Rogue is still kicking out some steelhead. Here’s a look at how things are going in the area, plus an introduction to the newest guide added to the Need A Guide? page.
|Guide Charlie Brown with a recent upper Rogue steelhead|
Upper Rogue – Despite the cold and dry weather the upper Rogue continues to produce plenty of summer steelhead. Plugs have been the top producers with side drifting bait a distant second above Shady Cove. There are still fresh steelhead, as well as a few silvers moving up. That’s a great sign, but a little rain would really help. There’s a chance of showers everyday this week so look for things to get jump started if we have even a slight raise in the river.
Chetco – The Chetco is back to being extremely low. That leaves the upper end of tidewater as the only option. The fall salmon are starting to get very dark and aren’t biting very well, however, the river is forecast to start rising tomorrow night which will hopefully bring in a new batch of fish. If it does look for the fishing to kick back into gear as soon as the river starts to drop back into shape. The first winter steelhead should also be showing up anytime now.
SC Guide Service
If you’ve never made the short trip south to the upper Klamath you’ve been missing out on some great fishing close to home. If you’d like to learn the river, or just want to see what it’s all about, Scott Caldwell of SC Guide Service would be a great guide to contact. His reports this year are what lead me down for an amazing day of fall salmon fishing on the upper Klamath. Scott is the newest addition to the Need a Guide? page where you can find a listing of local guides for the area.