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North Umpqua River - March 17th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
  Had the opportunity to get down to the beautiful North Umpqua River a couple of times in the last two weeks to fish for some of the big winter steelhead that make their return up the river each year. I love the North Umpqua this time of year with all the water cascading down from the higher elevations forming tiny waterfalls out of every crack and crevice making the Umpqua River valley one of the greenest places on earth.

  With the exception of some off colored water last weekend due to heavy rain on Thursday and Friday, we had some of the best winter water and weather conditions I have had in many years. The river has been flowing right around 1000cfs for the past couple of weeks, clear and with a temperature of around 40 degrees.  The weather for the most part was exceptional with clear or partly cloudy skies, warm temperatures and not a lot of wind. Perfect weather for spending long days swinging flies over beautiful waters in search of the often hard to find winter steelhead.

  The numbers of winter steelhead are much smaller than the number of summer steelhead that return to the North Umpqua each year, but the lack of numbers of winter fish and challenge of finding one are easily compensated by size of the winter fish. Big shouldered, heavy bodied wild steelhead with wide tails that gives new meaning to a bend in your rod.

   The steelhead gods were smiling on us as we were able to land a few fish on each of our trips. Thu finally landed her first North Umpqua fish, a beautiful chrome bright winter fish that she was very happy to bring to hand after hooking six other fish in the last two seasons on the North Umpqua and losing all of them during the fight or landing. A couple of days later, Thu was swinging through a run when her line went tight as a fish grabbed her fly and bent her rod with a heavy looking head shake. A second later the fish was screaming downstream ripping line off Thu’s reel and almost pulling her off her rocky perch and into the river. The fish finally stopped and Thu started working him back upstream, but she was having a tough go of it with big head shakes and short burst runs sometimes losing what line she had gained in seconds. The back and forth battle continued until the fish came close to the surface and I immediately could see the problem. THIS WAS A BIG FISH! Instructions on how to fight the fish started flowing from my mouth like water from a broken water pipe. Thank god, Thu completely ignored me and did a great job fighting this gorges big buck and we were able to land him for a quick photo and release.

  This is the time of year when these beautiful fish are spawning, so be aware and on the lookout for spawning beds, reds and fish holding or working on them. Watch for them and avoid fishing or wading over these areas.

The Patient Angler     

Peter Bowers
North Umpqua River - August 2nd, 2009
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 87 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Hey all you steelhead junkies,   Well, it looks like I hit the N. Umpqua at just the right time.  I was down there when the fire started on Tues.  I was heading down to fish below Steamboat and was stopped by the fire crews.  They weren't letting any traffic though.  So I was stuck fishing from Steamboat up river.  The fire started on the hottest day of the month of course.  It was 107 degrees when I dropped in to camp water.  I swung a few runs and had one on for just a moment and came unpinned.  The next day I headed down to camp water again and in the same run hooked another one and that came unpinned.  I knew they were in that piece of water so I let it rest while I swung another run.  I came back and swung the run again and fish on.  I landed a 25-26 inch hen.  SWEET!!!  No skunk on the Ump.   I don't know when we'll be able to get back to the Ump. I hope soon.   Jay   
North Umpqua River - May 27th, 2009
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 74 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
  Thu and I went down to the North Umpqua this last weekend. We had a couple of reasons for making the trip. The first was to buy a tent trailer from a friend that lives in glide, and the second of course was to fish. Any excuse to fish the North Umpqua! Now there’s not a lot of steelhead in the river this time of year and the water can be on the high side, but the North holds some fish every month of the year. So we figured, why not, we haven’t swung a fly in a couple of months. The water was running at about 2,700 cfs through camp water, but was clear and had been dropping. The eerie part is to have nobody on the water fishing. It’s really weird to walk into camp water at 7:00 am and have no one around and the water to yourself. We split a large run in the middle of camp water, Thu taking the lower part and I started up higher. As I made my first cast, I was thinking that I had caught steelhead in almost every month of the year on the North Umpqua, but I couldn’t remember ever catching one in May. Just then my fly hit the water and I made the appropriate mend, and a steak of silver flashed across the pool and hammered my fly. Not being quite ready, my rod almost jerked from my hand as the fish hit and bolted into the current and down stream. As the fish came to a stop and I applied pressure to feel the weight of the fish, and my dreams of a May steelhead were gone as a 17 inch cutthroat jumped from the water with my in his lower jaw. I landed and released the beautiful fish and with wishful thinking thought this might be a good omen for the day. We didn’t spot of hook any steelhead the rest of the day, but we still had a great day enjoying the perfect weather and swinging unfettered water.

  If you get a chance, get down there this time of year. Everything is super green and water seems to pour out of every crevice. The waterfalls in the area are unbelievable and accessible with short hikes through the lush forest.

  Thu and I stayed in a nice rental house located in the fly water that we will be booking through the shop. Call us at the shop for more information.


The Patient Angler  

Peter Bowers
North Umpqua River - March 16th, 2009
  • Recorded:
  • Rain and/or snow
  • 32 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
 Thu & I had the itch to swing a fly last weekend and see if we could find a winter steelhead on the North Umpqua River. We got to the river on Saturday afternoon and the water was looking really good running around 1300cfs and cool with just a little bit of color to it. Just the way we like it! The weather was crazy during the weekend while we fished, defining the “wait 5 minutes for a change in Oregon weather” saying. It sprinkled, it sleeted, it rained, the sun would come out for a little while and then it would snow so hard that you couldn’t see across the river. That all sometimes happened in an hours time.

  We fished Saturday afternoon, Sunday and Monday morning and never even got a bump. Thu and I covered a lot of our favorite water and fished up and down the river, but no steelhead were to be found. Not by us anyway, we did talk to a few angler that had hooked a fish or two in the last week. Thu and I still had a great time on the river, it’s beautiful this time of year with every nook and cranny gushing with runoff water. The water just went up with that shot of warm weather, so it might be a few days before it starts to drop into good shape again.

  We didn’t have optimum viewing weather, but I checked a few of the gravel bars for spawning fish and didn’t see any yet. But they will be on them soon, so if you go, watch out for them and stay away from the spawning beds!


The highway crews are clearing downed trees from the side of the road and hillsides, so be careful driving.


The Patient Angler     

Peter Bowers
North Umpqua River - February 16th, 2009
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 44 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
February 7, 2009


North Umpqua


            Great winter conditions found my good friend Travis and I down on the river.  With camp water running about 3000 cfs and a water temperature of 40 degrees, there were great fishing opportunities in store.  After hitting several favorite spots and spotting a few fish, to no avail, we ended up at camp water.  We split a favorite run, and not more than 5 minutes of swinging with 40 feet of line out, Travis tied into a big, beautiful colored up winter buck.  Fortunately, the fish didn’t want to leave the run, so Travis made relatively short work of a 36” big, kipe jawed male.  The fish was almost as big as Travis’s smile. Travis has only been steelheading for a year and a half.  Already, he has a fish under his belt that can qualify as a fish of lifetime.  We were using 7 and 8 weight Sage Z-Axis spey rods with Skagit heads and T-14 tips.   The fly of choice was my favorite marabou, stinger hook fly.  Check out the great pictures of Travis and his fish.  I had the chance to use a floating, hard mono running line on this trip.  My initial response is that I was very impressed with the shootabilty and added distance I gained.  I am going to be testing this and several other running lines in the coming months.  Stay tuned for more reports, or give us a call, or email us at the shop for more detailed information.  Get out there and fish.  You’re just a cast away from your potential fish of as lifetime.


Reed Teuscher

The Patient Angler
North Umpqua River - October 3rd, 2008
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Hey everybody, Jay here with yet another report.  I am the luckiest guy in the world to be able to fish as much as I do and still be married.  I have to give props to Cathy for allowing me that freedom.  The North Umpqua is in its prime this time of year.  The leaves are changing from green to brilliant shades of reds, oranges and yellows.  Autumn is in full swing over there and the leaves are still hangin on the branches so it keeps the river free of debris.  It won’t be long till the leaves inundate the river and make swinging almost impossible.  I was fortunate enough to spend three days on the river.  I got down there and set up camp and fished the second half of the first day.  Nothing.  That night a good friend of mine showed up and we were up early the next day.  We fished hard and for me it paid off.  I landed a 32” chrome bright hen.  The biggest steelhead I’ve caught to date.  Travis was able to get a beautiful photo with the autumn colors in the backdrop.  Thanks Trav.  Unfortunately, that was the only fish landed that day.  Travis has a broken wrist, so I’m sure things would have turned out differently for him if he were healthy.  As for the last day, we fished a half-a-dozen runs hard with nothing to show for it.  So, was one fish worth the trip?  Absolutely!!!

The Patient Angler

See you out there,


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