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Fly Fishing The Upper Rogue River
Fly fishing the Rogue River provides a highly diversified
fishing experience. You can catch about every species
of Pacific Coast anadromous fish as well as all the major
species of trout in the Rogue River. For that reason, we
have broken the river down into the two parts. This
section covers the headwaters of the Rogue River and
the tailwater called the "Holly Water" section below Lost
Creek Dam. Fly fishing the Rogue River extending from
the Holly Water section to the Pacific Ocean is covered
in this separate Stream section.
The headwaters above Lost Creek Reservoir come
together near the little town of Prospect The North Fork,
which is the main stem of the Rogue River, originates in
the northwest corner of Carter Lake National Park. State
Route 230 follows along the river all the way to
Prospect. The stream is stocked in this section but also
has plenty of wild trout. Getting off the highway to the
less fished areas is the key to fishing the North Fork.
Muir Creek, Copeland Creek, Mill Creek, Crater Creek,
Bybee Creek and National Creek are all beautiful
tributaries of the North Fork of the Rogue River. Most of
these are accessible from logging roads. The trout are
small but wild and ncludes both brook trout and rainbow
trout. National and Copeland Creeks require some
hiking to reach their waters.
The Middle and South Forks of the Rogue River come
together just south of Prospect. Both of these forks
provide good fishing opportunities for small rainbow and
brook trout.; The three forks, which make up the main
stem, flow into the Rogue River arm of Lost Creek
Reservoir. Forest Route #37 and County Road # 992
both cross the Middle and South Forks provide access
in addition to trails that exist in some areas..
The "Holy Water" section of the Rogue is open year-
round for fly fishing only. It's small section of water that's
about a half a mile long between the Lost Creek Dam
and the salmon hatchery diversion dam. The trout are
stocked in the tailwater as fingerlings. They are
protected by the catch and release regulations and
protected from the large anadromous fish. Most of the
rainbows are between 12 and 20 inches but they grow
even larger. Fishing is limited to the banks due to the
The tailwater has a very good aquatic insect population
with caddisflies, mayflies and stoneflies, including the
large salmonflies. Blue-winged Olives hatch about all
year long and even in the middle of the winter. The
water temperature doesn't vary that much since it's a
bottom discharge tailwater.
Access to the Holly Water section is good. There's a
county park on the bank of the stream.
The season is open year-round in the tailwater section.
Fly fishing Rouge River after the runoff which normally
ends by mid June can be very good.
Summertime is the best time for fly fishing the Upper
Early Fall is a good time for fly fishing the upper Rogue
The tailwater section can be fished all Winter long.
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Upper Rogue River
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