Rogue River Steelheading - Oregon
Tight Lines Fishing
The Rogue River carves its way through Oregon's rugged coastal mountains to the Pacific Ocean from its origin in the high Cascades near Crater Lake. Drift fish for Rogue River Steelhead. The trip begins 28 miles west of Grants Pass, Oregon. You'll drift 43 miles through the Wild and Scenic section, the jewel of the Rogue River. The take-out at Foster Bar is less than 40 miles from the town of Gold Beach on the Oregon Coast. The guides are excellent instructors, making this a great trip for anglers who want to learn fly fishing.
Fly Fishing the Rogue River
Steelheading the Rogue River
Tight Lines Fishing has been guiding anglers since 1925. Their operation on the Rogue is a top-of-the-line Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Expedition.
Drift fish for 43 miles through the beautiful and protected Rogue River Canyon. You must have a permit to access this section of the Rogue. The Rogue is a large pool-and-drop river with up to Class IV whitewater. This fishing trip begins below Grave Creek. Soon after entering the water, the guides will line their boats around Rainie Falls, the only portion of the river they can't safely navigate. During the rest of the 43-mile journey, you'll experience a part of the world accessible only through the Rogue River Canyon.
Fish for 4-to 10-pound summer steelhead and the world-famous half-pounders (1 ½ to 3-pounds steelhead - nicknamed by Zane Grey). Steelhead migrate up from the Pacific Ocean to the upper reaches of the Rogue. During your drift, you may see osprey, wild turkeys, bald eagles, otters, turtles, deer, and the occasional black bear. Winkle Bar is a favorite spot for history buffs. You can also visit Zane Grey's cabin on the mining claim he purchased from an old gold prospector in 1926. At his cabin on the Rogue, Zane Grey was inspired to write several novels, including "Rogue River Feud" and "Shooting the Rogue."
Season: Their season runs from September 1 through mid-November. A wide variety of weather, with a bit of rain to be expected. September temps can reach 90'.
Early October into the 80's and then 60's by the end of the month. In November, the temperature drops, but the steelhead are larger.
Boats: Wooden drift boats have padded seats with back support and ample legroom. Two anglers per boat and guide. You’ll get in at least eight hours of guided fishing each day. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Guides: Veteran guides provide excellent instruction for all levels of fly anglers. The guides are top boatmen and are able to easily access small pockets of water with no wading or extremely long casting.
Group Size: Up to 12 anglers per week.
Methods: The outfitter focuses mainly on fly fishing. Although some lures are welcome, no baitfishing is allowed.
Fishing Equipment: All fishing gear, tackle, and flies are provided.
Fishing License: An Oregon fishing license and steelhead tag are not included in the package.
Wildlife and Sightseeing: You may see osprey, wild turkeys, bald eagles, otters, turtles, deer... Your guide will point out historic sites. You can walk up to Zane Grey’s cabin. Take a short hike to the Rogue River Historical Museum and learn about the Rogue Indians and the first white settlers to the canyon.
Three Rogue River Lodges
You'll stay at three comfortable, historic lodges on the Rogue – Black Bar Lodge, Marial Lodge, and Illahe Lodge. Hot showers, a warm fireplace, comfortable beds with sheets, and two guests per room or cabin.
Meals: You'll enjoy hearty breakfasts and dinners at the riverside lodges. Daily shore lunches feature fresh steelhead (only hatchery fish) or salmon (when available) broiled over hardwood coals with a selection of fresh salads.
Beverages: Wine is served with dinner, and there is cold beer on hand at Camp. Water, soft drinks, and lemonade are also provided. Guests are invited to bring any additional beer, wine, liquor, and mix they wish to drink.
The Rogue River "Twitch" means swinging a wet fly for steelhead!
Getting to the Trip Start:
Most guests fly to Medford, Oregon, rent a car, and drive about an hour to Merlin. The night before the trip starts, you'll need to stay in a motel. Most of their guests stay at Galice Resort in Merlin on the banks of the Rogue River. The following morning, the group will meet at the put-in at 9:00 a.m. You’ll meet your guides, pack your water bags, get fitted for a life jacket, and hear a short safety speech. (There is a $100.00 shuttle fee from the put-in to the take-out. The first motel night is not included. A list of recommended lodges/motels is included in our confirmation packet.)
3-nights at the Lodges
and 3.5-days guided fishing
$2,250.00 per person
Lodging, meals, guided fishing, use of all tackle, rods, reels, and flies.
Packages Do Not Include:
Lodging and meals in Grants Pass or Merlin, vehicle rental, $100.00 shuttle fee, gratuities, Oregon fishing license and steelhead tag, Global Rescue, travel insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Typical Fishing Day:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast is served at the Lodge. After breakfast, the boats are packed up. You'll float and fish the river until about 1:00 p.m. A shore lunch is prepared with the hatchery-caught steelhead of the morning. After a nice lunch, you'll float and fish and typically make it to that night's Lodge between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. You'll enjoy a hearty dinner and a hot shower, if desired, before bed.