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Fly Fishing The Sprague River Oregon
The Sprague River is a tributary of the Williamson
River that flows from the Fremont National Forest's
Gearhart Mountain Wilderness. Its North and South
Forks combine to form the main river that's almost
one-hundred miles long. The upper sections of the
two branches has populations of brook and rainbow
trout along with a few bull trout. The mainstream has
plenty of brown trout in addition to rainbows. The
trout are plentiful and large in the upper section of
the main river. The lower end of the river can get too
warm for trout and is more suitable for bass.
Much of this river flows through private property but
the sections within the national forest and along the
Sprague River highway offers public access. The
Sprague River campground also has some access.
Fly fishing the Sprage River is made difficult for the
average angler because of the lack of access.
The river can be floated and a couple of launches
and access points are available to do that. There's
little pressure in the upper headwaters of the two
branches. You can access plenty of water in the
upper sections from state forest roads and if you
want seclusion, that's your best bet..
The lower end of the river, near its confluence with
the Williamson River, is dammed near Chiloquin and
its tailwater also provides some decent trout fishing
opportunities. Parts of the Sprague River has plenty
of wild trout, but its limited access prevents it from
being a choice destination with the many other
options available in Southern Oregon..
The river has a huge diversity and good population
of aquatic insects and of course, plenty of terrestrials
as well. Caddisflies and mayflies are plentiful most of
the season. Give us a call or send us an email for a
list of specific imitations for the particular time you
plan on fishing the river.
The season is different in the tailwater section. You
should check on the current regulations for it.
Spring is a good time after the runoff which normally
ends near the end of June.
Summertime is the best time for fly fishing the
Early Fall is good for the brown trout which spawn in
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Sprague River Oregon
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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.
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