"The river and this gamefish (steelhead) are so nearly synonymous, so easily define each other, that the blending of mystiques has produced an image more powerful here than on any other American river." - Trey Combs
Fly Fishing for Steelhead
Certainly one of the more celebrated rivers in the Pacific Northwest, the Rogue River captivated the famous author and angler Zane Grey in the early 1900's, inspired his work, Tales of Fresh Water Fishing (1928) and became one of eight rivers originally included in the National Wild & Scenic Rivers Act (1968). Today, anglers continue to celebrate the return of her steelhead and the completion of three dam removal projects in 2010 prompted the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to label present day as an “epic time for the Rogue River” and its native, anadromous fish.
Including some 60 river miles, the upper Rogue spans roughly from Shady Cove to Grants Pass and supports both summer and winter steelhead. Typically ranging from 18 to 30 inches, the majority of adults tape between 22 and 28 inches in length. Winter steelhead can exceed 10 pounds and occasionally reach weights to the mid-teens. Though present every month of the year, July through December and February through mid-April represent the unofficial seasons of each run respectively.
Dead drifted nymphs under indicators and flies swung on tight lines are both effective techniques on the upper Rogue and the pull from wild steelhead and abundance of beautiful fly water will generate a lasting connection with every angler.
Fly Fishing for Trout
Fly fishing for trout on the Rogue creates the perfect excuse to float and experience the beautiful upper river and cast to coastal cutthroat and rainbow trout. Located about an hour from the Ashland/Medford area, late spring and summer hatches of stoneflies, caddis and terrestrials provide consistent dry fly fishing for trout to 18 inches. The varied nature of the river, from pocket-water and riffles to volcanic ledges and tight undercuts presents opportunity and challenge for anglers of all abilities.
Late May into early July means salmonflies, golden stones and big dry flies! Trout will take up lies tight to grassy banks and undercover of overhanging branches waiting to gorge on adult insects. Casts tight to structure will regularly bring 10-12 inch residents to the surface and the promise of a large coastal cutthroat or early summer steelhead adds up to really fun fishing whether it is a kid holding the rod or someone wanting to feel like one.
Fly Fishing for Trout
From its source at Upper Klamath Lake, the Klamath River flows over 260 miles through Oregon and California before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. Renowned for robust runs of salmon and steelhead, the river also offers quality fly fishing for native rainbows in Southern Oregon. From the town of Keno, the Klamath carves its course through rugged canyon country creating beautiful pocket water perfectly suited for adventurous walk and wade fly fishing.
The pleasant, spring days of May and June kick off great trout fishing. Below Keno Dam, caddis, mayfly and damsel hatches blanket the surface of the relatively warm, turbid water through June* (Warm water closure takes effect June 16-September 30). Nymphing techniques consistently prove effective on heavy rainbows from 14 to 20" and abundant sculpin, chub and crawfish populations makes packing the streamer rod in worthwhile.
Downstream of the JC Boyle Dam, lower average flows and clear water create a fishery well suited to the fly fisher who enjoys rock hopping, light rods, and rebands to 12 inches. Plentiful and beautiful, wild rainbows eagerly take a variety of dry flies or nymphs and cooler water temperatures keeps the riffles and pockets fishing all summer long.
SOUTH UMPQUA RIVER
Steelhead elicit strong emotions in fly fishers familiar with their rivers, habits and pursuit. As Lani Waller wrote in A Steelheaders Way, “Steelhead are not only the fish of a thousand casts; they are also the fish of a thousand questions and the fish of a million words. The mystery of their biology, life, and journey only adds to their magic. To those who hunt them, they are beyond simple definitions.”
Fly Fishing For Steelhead
Often overshadowed by the acclaimed fly water of the North Umpqua, the South Umpqua River supports an excellent winter steelhead fishery from January into mid-April. Flowing freely for 115 miles from the Cascade Range to its confluence with the Umpqua River, the South rises and falls with winter rains and ushers in steelhead to 20 pounds with the majority of fish ranging from 8-12. Often dime bright, their speed and power will challenge ones skill and their pursuit will forge an insatiable obsession.
Best suited to the steelheader that enjoys the thrill of the pursuit, a fish brought to hand defines success on this river. Side Drifted nymphs under indicators cover the long runs of the South well and the "fishy" riffles, boulders and ledges throughout keeps the fire lit. The town of Canyonville offers warm beds, hot coffee and several nearby float options. With conditions aligned, the first glimpse of the river sparks the promise of a fresh push of fish in the system. The hunt begins and there is nothing better.
Jim Andras grew up amongst the cactus, rattlesnakes and sun of the Arizona desert. Fishing entered his life through a spinning rod and a carp but not until the sound of running water and the sight of rising trout did it fill his soul. At ten years old, he was obsessed. He burned through pages written by the masters, practiced blood knots with twine and outwitted largemouths from water hazards on the local course. It only got worse with a driver’s license and an old Chevy. Yearly trips to Lees Ferry and Colorado became frequent trips to anywhere and everywhere.
While attending Arizona State University in 1993, Jim contacted Glenn Tinnin with hopes of helping him run Compleat Fly Fisher in Phoenix. Weeks later, the shop open and offer extended, Jim’s dreams of an opportunity in fly fishing became reality. After spending a couple of years learning the retail side of the business, he stepped into guiding for the Telluride Angler in Colorado. His passion of trout and travel eventually led him to guide wild rivers in Chilean Patagonia and Southwestern Alaska. In the fall of 1999, he moved to Redding, California and shortly thereafter split his calendar between lower Sacramento and Trinity River floats, managing trout camps in Kamchatka, Russia and raising taimen in Mongolia.
Today, Jim calls Southern Oregon home and guides the Rogue, Williamson, Klamath and South Umpqua Rivers. He considers each new day on the water his best, occasionally takes a decent photograph and supports organizations that work to ensure better habitat, policy and protection for wild fish.
$450 per day (1-2 anglers)
Full Day rate includes all terminal tackle (flies, leaders, etc.), lunch, beverages and shuttle service (when available*). Anglers should expect 8 to 9 hours on the water. Andras Outfitters will provide fly rods/reels at no charge upon request.
*Andras Outfitters believes that our guests should spend more time fishing, less time driving. Whenever possible, we work with shuttle services to take the morning run around out of the equation.
CATCH & RELEASE
Andras Outfitters takes great care in releasing all wild steelhead unharmed. In an effort to preserve fisheries for the future, hatchery steelhead may be kept in accordance with state regulation.
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Rachel Andras grew up with 2 older brothers who showed their affection by alternately treating her to facials with sweaty basketball socks and inviting her along to fish at the local pond. Mountain streams and native brook trout fueled Rachel’s love of fly fishing and ultimately led her out west where, in 1995, she dove into the fly fishing industry at Glenn Tinnin’s Compleat Flyfisher in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Four years later, Rachel turned a loyal following in the desert southwest into national recognition under her new role with The Fly Shop in Redding, California. She studied casting under Mel Krieger, became a certified casting instructor, launched summer camps for kids, directed countless schools for all ages and advised anglers on worldwide fly fishing travel. In 2005, Rachel joined Fly Water Travel in Ashland, Oregon and broadened her expertise in the world’s finest fisheries, guides and lodges. Her skill and smile ultimately landing her in front of the camera for tarpon in “Location X”, Christmas Island bonefish in “Soulfish” and Klamath River steelhead in “On the Rise”.
Andras Outfitters opened a new chapter for Rachel in 2009, and today, she continues to connect anglers to destinations near and far and teach the young and young at heart. As Mel Kreiger once wrote, "Rachel understands something more than the mere mechanics in her teaching. She has the necessary empathy to inspire, perhaps the very quintessence of teaching." Throughout September and October, Rachel's inspiration leads to success beyond mechanics while guiding for summer runs on the Rogue River with the swung fly.
FIRST/LAST LIGHT (June - August)
$345 Per Session (1-2 anglers)
Fly fishers know the importance of fishing early and late. Time of day on the water can play an important role in success especially through the intense sun of the summer season. As a result, Andras Outfitters offers morning or evening sessions (4-5hours) on the Rogue River June through August. Price includes terminal tackle (flies, leaders, etc.) and beverages. Rods/Reels provided at no charge upon request.
All anglers must possess the appropriate fishing licenses and report cards prior to fishing. Regulations can change from year to year so please contact us with any questions on which license is required for your trip. See below for links to online license sales...
Andras Outfitters accepts payment by check, cash, Visa/MC/Amex and require a 50% deposit within 10 business days of making a reservation. Final payment is due 30 days prior to the trip. Please call 800.488.5794 to pay with credit card or send checks to: Andras Outfitters / PO Box 1387 /Talent, OR 97540
Guide Service Cancellation Policy
Andras Outfitters will refund payment for cancellations made at least 30 days prior to the trip. AO will not issue refunds once inside of 30 days unless able to book reserved dates with another guest.