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Recommended Tackle & Gear
For Steelhead and Salmon
7, 8 , 9 or 10 weight for appropriate type
rod, sinking, sinking tip and floating
10#, 12# in 9 to 15 feet lengths
10# and 12#
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly 7, 8, 9 and 10 ft. single hand
For 7 to 10 weight lines
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing: 71/2 ft.,
3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
North Umpqua River Fishing Report - Updated January 10, 2021
12/04/13 Customer ordering more Perfect Fly Green Sedge nymphs, Black
Stonefly nymphs, Bloody Mary, Jumbo Golden Copper Johns. Anglers
catching hatchery steelhead in the Swiftwater area. He fishes for the wild
ones (must be released) which are being found throughout the system.
12/28/13 The water is warming but low water conditions are slowing fish
movement. The North will not have many winter steelhead until the middle or
01/04/14 According to our local contact, low water still exist and few fish
are being caught, if any. Few winter steelhead have moved into the North
01/11/14 Still low number of fish caught but the water levels should rise some
with the rain in the forecast and conditions should improve.
01/18/14 No fly orders this past week but our local contact reports some fish
are being caught and some improvement in the water has taken place.
01/25/14 A few winter steelhead being reported caught according to our local
contact but the numbers are still low.
02/01/14 One customer ordered more Perfect Fly Spey flies reported he
managed one nice steelhead when the water was up but it is back down.
02/08/14 Everyone expecting much better fishing in the near future. Melting snow
and rain will improve the fishing. Reports from last week were not good.
02/15/14 As most anglers know, recent rain and melting snow have the flows very
high. Fishing should improove when the levels subside.
02/22/14 Stream levels are still high and some rain is in the forecast. The water
has dropped some but no reports of fish being caught.
03/01/14 Snow is forecast for today but will change to rain with a chance every
day for the next week. Be sure to check the water levels.
03/08/14 Stream level is high with more rain forecast. Fishing should be excellent
once the water subsides.
03/15/14 The stream levels are back down and fishing should be great at this time.
03/22/14 Several good reports from customers order flies. Steelhead are being
caught and conditions are good and should remain good for a few days. Rain is
forecast at the end of the week.
03/29/14 The streams is currently flowing high and rising with lots more rain
04/05/14 The North Umpqua is still producing some nice native steelhead, which of
course, must be released.
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04/12/14 We have not had any reports from anglers this past week. The stream
levels are still fine.
05/03/14 Those that are fishing are starting to have some success for springers.
This is occurring mostly from Amacher and up in the Swiftwater area.
05/10/14 High water levels are hampering the fishing opportunities right now but
levels should be falling after today.
05/17/14 Stream levels are back down in good shape. Springers are being caught
in the Swiftwater area.
05/24/14 The trout season opens today. Summer steelhead are in the system
and being caught. Some springers are being caught but few on the fly.
05/31/14 Waiting on Summer steelhead. Season from June to Sept. Trout are being
caught by the few that focus on them.
06/14/14 Some summer steelehead will probably arrive near the end of the month.
We will let you know when it happens.
06/21/14 Still no reports on the Summer runs. Of course, this isn't a big deal in the
07/05/14 One customer reporting catching some summer runs but that's about it.
Fishing is better at other nearby locations.
07/19/14 A few summer runs are being caught but few people fishing and better options
exist in nearby rivers.
07/26/14 We didn't receive any reports this past week.
08/10/14 Summer steelhead are in the river and some are being caught. You need
to fish very early in the day due to the heat.
08/16/14 No reports from last week and little changes in conditions.
8/30/14 A few fish were caught this past week skating dry flies. There's still a few
summer steelhead in the river and fishing has been decent. It will get better when the
heat lets up
09/13/14 The water is still very warm and fishing conditions marginal. We expect much
better fishing in the near future.
09/27/14 There are still some summer steelhead in the river but very marginal.
10/10/14 Our customers are catching summer steelhead in the Narrows and Swiftwater
areas. Steelhead are also up in the fly waters. The wild ones must be released.
Remember the fly water area is single barbless artificial fly only. There are lots of
10/18/14 More summers are being caught up in the fly zone area and conditions
should improve with rain forecast.
10/25/14 Rain has come off and on but steady now. Plenty of fish have been caught
but watch the levels.
11/08/14 Anglers are catching wild and hatchery steelhead in the fly water section.
North Umpqua River Fishing Report Archive:
11/28/14 Fly fishing has been rather good for summer steelhead in the
Narrows and Swiftwater areas of the north Umpqua. They are a mixture of
hatchery and wild steelhead.. Some steelhead are also being caught in the fly
12/19/14 More good "catching" reports from the Narrows and Swiftwater areas.
These fish are a combination of hatchery and wild steelhead. Steelhead are
in the fly waters and more anglers were fishing this past week.
12/07/14 We heard from one guy that is catching a few steelhead in the
Narrows and Swiftwater areas. These are a combination of hatchery and wild
steelhead. Steelhead are also up in the fly waters. Few anglers are fishing.
The action should pick up within the next couple of weeks.
12/27/14 No reports from the past week.
01/10/15 Still no reports from anglers. It is usually mid February before a lot of
winter steelhead begin to show up. They peak in late February and March.
01/17/15 One angler (customer) reporting a winter steelhead but the
numbers are still low..
01/24/15 No reports from last week. It will probably remain slow until March.
01/31/15 The levels have been dropping and fishable but we didn't receive
any reports from anyone catching wild steelhead. They should come in
strongly during February and peak in March.
03/07/15 Warmer water has the steelhead on the move and fishing is improving.
03/21/15 Customers reported catching several wild steelhead when the levels
were up but they are back low. Good news is the rain forecast, should help the
swinging this coming week.
03/28/15 No reports from anyone fishing this past week
04/11/15 We have had a few reports of steelhead being caught the past two
weeks but nothing to write home about. Both swinging and nymphing worked
depending on the levels.
04/18/15 Spring Chinook fishing is getting good below Winchester Dam.
05/02/15 A few summer run steelhead have entered the river along with the
Chinook. The winter run is done for the year.
05/23/15 More Summer fish have entered the river but the catching has
been hampered by low water conditions. June kicks of the summer season.
06/13/15 Still not many summer run fish in the river. Low water condiitions.
06/20/15 Low water slowing things down. A few summer fish and some Chinook.
06/27/15 Anglers are catching lots of trout in the headwaters. There are lots of
hatches taking place right now.
07/04/15 Some trout being caught in the headwaters, but fish early and late.
07/18/15 There are a very good number of Summer runs in the river and anglers
are having a good time catching them. Time restrictions in place.
07/25/15 The North Umpqua and tributaries are closed to fishing for trout, steelhead,
and salmon from 2 p.m. until an hour before sunrise
08/01/15 The North Umpqua River, including all tributaries, is still closed to fishing
for trout, steelhead and salmon from 2 p.m. until an hour before sunrise. Good
numbers of summer steelhead are in the North Umpqua.
08/08/15 The low, clear, warm water isn't so easy to fish but anglers are still
manging to catch them. The 2:00 PM closing is still in effect.
08/15/15 Little change from the past week. Trout fishing in the headwaters is good.
08/29/15 It is raining with more on the way along with cooler weather. This should get
the restrictions lifted and the summer steelhead in good shape and active.
09/05/15 Good stream levels exist and decent weather. The river if loaded with
09/26/15 Anglers are continuing to catch summer runs in good numbers.
Remember, barbless hooks only.
10/03/15 Summer runs are still being caught in good numbers. You no
longer have to use barbless in the fly zone (after 9/30), but why not.
10/10/15 There are still a lot of summer run fish being caught.
Smallmouth bass fishing is red hot.
10/17/15 Steelhead fishing continues to be good for the fall run of
steelhead. The smallmouth bass fishing remain very good.
10/24/15 As usual, the NorthUmpqua is producing plenty of steelhead.
Anglers are also doing well trout fishing. Smallmouth bass fishing is
always good. The October Caddis hatch is underway.
10/31/15 There are still plenty of summer steelhead in the river. Trout are
in the tributaries and river. Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good.
11/14/15 There are still a few summer fish in the river but for all practical
purposes, the summer run is finished.
11/28/15 There are still a few summer runs being caught. Most of the
action has been reported around the Rock Creek area. There's nothing to
write home about though.
12/05/15 The rain should come down heavily for the next week. This will
certainly help the future outlook for the winter steelhead.
12/12/15 The river is blown out and headed up even more. It will take some
time to settle back down.
12/26/15 There are some winter steelhead in the lower river and fishing for
them could be good when the water settles down. It is turning a little colder and
that should mean less rain.
01/09/16 Two good reports from customers fishing near Rock Creek. Winter
steelhead are being caught swinging and it should just continue to improve.
Remember, barbless hooks only. You can simply mash the barbs down.
01/23/16 Our customers have been catching a good number of steelhead in
the Rock Creek area both swinging and nymphing.
01/30/16 The Perfect Fly Steelhead Spey flies have been scoring well on the
north Umpqua. Nymphs under indicators are also working well.
02/06/16 Stream levels have been high but falling and getting in good shape.
Winter steelhead fishing has still be good, even when the water has been high.
02/13/16 The stream levels have been better and more steelhead being caught
in the Rock Creek area of the river.
02/20/16 The stream has been high and anglers having trouble fishing but the
high water should end soon. There is a good chance of rain Sunday, otherwise
cliear for the next week. Let us hear from you.
02/27/16 Notice we added a link to the USGS station at Winchester for the
real-time stream flow data. It is down to normal and fish are being caught,
03/19/16 Winter steelhead fishing has been good and even when the water was
high. It has been too high at times but most of the time anglers have been able
to catch steelhead.
03/26/16 The water has remained high but winter steelhead are still being caught.
The area near the Rock Creek confluence has been good. Perfect Fly Spey flies
05/07/16 There are still no reports of summer fish moving into the river, but it won't
be long. Keep checking the report and we will let you know.
06/11/16 The river is in good shape but so far we haven't received any reports of the
summer runs showing up yet. They should be starting to come into the river.
06/18/16 Still no summer run steelhead.
07/02/16 The river is running a little low but otherwise, in good shape. We still
haven't received any reports on the summer run steelhead but they should be
coming in any time now. The low water probably isn't helping.
07/09/16 The river is in good shape with plenty of summer runs being caught -
both hatchery and wild fish. The Swiftwater area is the best section of the river
to fish right now. Remeber, all wild fish must be released.
07/16/16 The fishing continues to be very good with lots of both wild and
hatchery steelhead being caught. The levels are down some but it is still good.
08/06/16 The summer run steelhead fishing continues to be excellent. The
Swiftwater area is still the top producing section of the river.
09/03/16 Trout fishing is still it for now. Summer steelhead fishing is over. Now is
the time to plan that next trip. Send us an email and let us help you.
10/22/16 Sorry for the lack of post here. There are still some summer steelhead
in the river. Trout fishing is still good. Now is the time to plan that next big triipl
01/28/17 The flows at Winchester are 3370 cfs at 4.01, in good shape.
Steelhead are being caught in good numbers. Swinging and nymphing is
working for our customers. Perfect Fly Steelhead Flies
02/11/17 Our customer were reporting a lot of steelhead being caught until the
stream levels rose up again. Watch the and fish as soon as it is low enough.
02/18/17 There are plenty of steelhead in the river but the water is very high,
too high to fish. There is more rain/snow in the forecast everyday. You will just
have to check the stream levels.
02/25/17 The water at Winchester is at 7360 cfs, which is getting down to near
normal but still high, too high to wade safely. It shouldn't be very long.
03/04/17 The flows at Winchester are at 7790 cfs at 6.12 ft., or very high. It was in
good shape, but now you will just have to watch the levels and fish when it falls.
03/11/17 The flows are at 12,000 cfs at 7.62 and falling. There is more rain in the
forecast, so you will just have to check back with us.
03/18/17 The stream levels and flows are still too high to fish. There is more rain in
04/01/17 The river level is falling but at Winchester, it is still far too high to wade
safely. It will take some more time to get in good shape. Check back with us.
04/15/17 The flows are at 5460 cfs at 5.11 ft., or still too high to wade. Trout
fishing should be good if the levels ever get down.
04/22/17 The flows are down lower but still a little too high to wade in most place but
fishable in some. Let us hear from you.
04/29/17 The flows are back up very high, way to high to wade or fish. Check back
with us soon. We will keep you updated.
05/13/17 Flows at Winchester are a little high but okay. Chinook salmon are being
caught above and below the dam. Spring SH are coming in and Winter SH going out.
06/03/17 The discharges and flows are okay. Spring Chinook are available. Summer
steelhead haven't arrived yet but will soon.
06/17/17 Summer steelhead should begin to show up anytime now, but likely by the
end of the month.
07/01/17 Surmmer run steelhead are being caught.
07/22/17 More summer run steelhead are being caught by the few anglers fishing for
them, mostly around the Swiftwater park.
08/05/17 There are still plenty of summer run steelhead in the river but we didn't
receive any reports from anyone fishing for them this past week.
08/19/17 Steelhead are in the river but fishing is slow, very slow. The stream
levels are fine but the water temperature is too warm.
09/29/17 There are a few Summer steelhead (below the Deadline falls) being
caught, but very few. Trout and Chinook season is closed.
11/27/17 Now is the time to get ready for the winter steelhead season. They will
start coming in soon. Send us an email and let us help you plan that next trip.
12/11/17 Winter steelhead are starting to come into the river. Send us and email
for a recommended fly list: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
12/25/17 There are reports of a few steelhead moving into the river. We haven't
received any reports of catches, but this should start happening soon.
01/01/18 The river is in good conditions and a few steelhead are being caught.
This will continue to improve this coming week and month.
01/15/18 There are more winter steelhead being caught. Swinging and
nymphing methods are both working.
01/22/18 More reports of steelhead being caught. Nymphing under an indicator
is working better than anything, according to one customer.
01/29/18 Steelhead are being caught in good numbers. Excellent conditions exist.
02/05/18 Steelhead are located throughout the river and good numbers are being
caught. Stream levels are good.
02/12/18 More steelhead are being caught. Conditions remain good and fish are
being caught and released in all sections of the North Umpqua.
02/26/18 The river has gotten low and the lower end of the NF is the preferred
section to fish. Steelhead are being caught by the few fishing.
03/12/18 Conditions are very good with good numbers of steelhead being
caught. The water levels are up to normal.
03/19/18 Stream levels continue to be in good shape and more steelhead
are being caught. Swinging, nymphs and egg flies are producing.
04/09/18 The rain has really helped and more fish are being caught. Swinging,
nymphs and eggs are working.,
04/24/18 Conditions remain good with decent stream levels for wading and plenty
of steelhead are still being caught. Get going, it will end by the first of May.
05/01/18 It isn't over until it is over, and steelhead are still being caught.
05/08/18 Winter steelhead are still being caught and it should last another
week or two.
07/03/18 Summer steelhead are being caught along with trout. Conditions
are good from a stream level point.
07/24/18 A few summer steelhead and decent numbers of trout are being
caught. There are some good hatches taking place.
08/21/18 Angling in the North Umpqua River fly area is closed from 2 p.m. to
one hour before sunrise. The closure extends from the fly area boundary at
Deadline Falls to the marker below Soda Springs Dam near the power plant
enclosure and is in effect through September 30. Summer steelhead and
trout are being caught but the water is low.
09/04/18 Summer steelhead and some trout are being caught. Stream flows
are a little below normal levels.
10/05/18 We continue to get less than good reports from the summer runs. A
few are being caught but nothing like expected by most anglers.
10/15/18 Some of the river and its tributaries are open to trout fishing and
turning out some good ones. Summer steelhead fishing continues to be slow.
10/22/18 The cooler weather is helping some. A few summer steelhead were
caught this past week. Trout fishing is okay, but not great.
12/01/18 The summer steelhead are about done but we expect winters to
start coming in the midddle to the end of December.
12/08/18 Still no winter steelhead showing up yet but anytime now there will
be. Now tis the time to prepare.
12/30/18 Customers are reporting large winter steelhead are being caught.
Conditions are very good. Now is the time to fish the river.
01/06/19 More good reports are coming in on winter steelhead. It is going good
and will get even better in Feb, but good now. Swinging, nymphs and eggs are
working. Send us an email for a fly list. email@example.com
01/20/19 Lots of winter steelhead are in the river and being caught when
levels permit fishing. Excellent conditions should exist later this week.
01/27/19 The stream levels are in good shape and lots of steelhead are being
caught. We received two good reports from customers this past week.
02/03/19 Conditions continue to be very good. Stream levels are down to a
good level and steelhead being caught in good numbers.
02/10/19 We continue to get good reports. Winter steelhead are being caught
in good numbers. The stream is back in very good condition.
02/17/19 The river continues to turn out some nice winter steelhead. Steelhead
nymphs are working good and swinging works at times.
03/12/19 The river is in good shape with good numbers of fish being caught.
This should continue for the next week.
03/22/19 The river continues to produce good numbers of steelhead. Some of
the tributaries are also open. Swinging, nymphs and eggs are working.
p4/20/19 The stream is in decent shape and good numbers of steelhead are
being caught. Trout fishing is open above Slide Creek dam.
06/19/19 There are a few early arriving summer runs being caught. Trout
fishing is good. Stream levels are fine running near a normal level0
06/28/19 Trout ar being caught in good numbers along with a few summer run
steelhead. It should continue to get better.
07/05/19 There are trout being caught in good numbers - some C & R and
some can be kelp, as well as a few summer steelhead, but it is a little slow.
07/12/19 Summer steelhead fishing is very slow. Trout are being caught in
good numbers. There are some good hatches taking place.
07/19/19 Summer runs are still slow but trout in the tributaries (catch and
release) is doing good.
08/06/19 Trout are being caught in the small tributaries. Summer steelhead
fishing is still a little slow.
09/20/19 The stream levels are in good shape. A few summer steelhead is it
except for a few trout in the mouths of small feeder streams.
10/01/19 Trout fishing is still okay at the mouths of the tributaries streams.
Summer steelhead fishing is slow.
10/20/19 Stream levels are very high, but trout and some summer steelhead
were being caught prior to the high water. Keep checking the levels.
10/27/19 The river is back down to normal levels and we are getting good
reports about Trout and Summer Steelhead.
01/25/2020 The stream levels are very high, too high to wade or fish at all.
Fish as soon as they drop back down.
02/23/2020 Stream levels are below normal level and steelhead are being
caught in good numbers. Sed us an email for a recommended fly list.
05/01/20 Steelhead fishing is about done for the season. Trout fishing
should be good with good hatches taking place.
05/16/20 Steelhead fishing is done. Trout fishing is excellent. send us an
email for a recommended fly list. firstname.lastname@example.org
06/01/20 Trout fishing is very good in the upper river and its small
06/13/20 The river is in good shape and good numbers of trout are being
caught. The summer run steelhead are starting to show up.
06/26/20 The river is flowing near a normal level and clear. We are getting
good reports from customers fishing fhe tributaries for trout. A few
Chinook and summer steelhead are also being caught.
07/08/20 There are a few summer steelhead being caught. Trout fishing is
good in the tributaries. The stream levels are in good shape.
08/04/20 The summer steelhead fishing is still a little slow but improving.
Trout are being caught in good numbers.
08/20/20 Summer steelhead are being caught in good numbers. Trout are
still being caught but it has slowed down due to the warmer water.
09/12/20 There are still good numbers of summer steelhead being caught
but it won't last much longer. Trout are being caught in good numbers.
10/03/20 The summer steelhead fishing is slow. Trout fishing is open in the
10/21/20 There have been several wild fires affecting the area and parts
are currently closed to fishing.
11/10/20 We have had a couple of good reports for some of the upper
tributaries with trout.
11/26/20 We are getting good reports from customers fishing for steelhead
and trout, but mostly steelhead. Conditions are pretty good.
12/13/20 Stream levels are low and rain is needed to start bringing in the
winter steelhead. Now is the time to get ready for them. send us an email.
12/26/20 The river is up and in good shape. We received some good
reports from customers the last two days.
01/10/21 Stream levels are a little above normal. Steelhead are being caught
when the levels permit fishing.