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North Umpqua River - September 3rd, 2006
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
    Spent 3 days on the North Umpqua River last week with my good friend Mike Arnold from Phoenix AZ. The river is still running at summer levels and is holding at a great water temperature of 58 degrees. The weather was mostly sunny with a few clouds here and there.   The fishing was a little slower that my last trip, with only one steelhead each day. But with the beautiful North Umqua River, great weather, good company and a few fish thrown in, it's hard to think of anywhere else I'd rather be.

  We found most of our steelhead in deeper channel type water that had some mid-river structure, big boulders or ledges. We were swinging the same Marabou spey patterns we have been using all season on type three sink tip lines. I like to keep the leaders on my sink tips fairly short, no more than 5 feet long. This keeps your fly down to the level of your sink tip.

    I was surprised and happy to see that there was very little angler pressure on the river. It makes steelheading more enjoyable for me when you feel like you have the river to yourself.

  Check out the photos in our steelhead photo gallery. 

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 The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers
 
North Umpqua River - August 22nd, 2006
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The North Umpqua is in great shape, and the water temperature has stayed in the mid- 50's. There are a lot of bright fish throughout the river system, and anglers have had better than average fishing for this time of year. The big marabou spey flies are still the fly of the day, on a type three sink tip. A number of my customers and a few friends fished this past week and had some great days on the water. I'll be on the river this next week; I'm looking forward to having some good things to report.

 The Patient Angler

Peter J. Bowers

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North Umpqua River - August 5th, 2006
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Fished the North Umpqua River on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. It was slightly overcast and not to hot, and the water was in great shape at running about 1000cfs in camp water(the water around Steamboat Creek), and was a clear cool 58 degrees.

  There seems to be a good number of steelhead moving up the river and into the fly water. The beautiful waters of the North Umpqua, provided me with 3 bright summer steelhead as highlights of an already perfect day swinging on these fabled waters. They were all hot fish that didn’t want to give up. Two were 27"- 28" hatchery fish, and the third was a beautiful big chrome native fish that seem to spend more time in the air than in the water.

  Reed fished the North Umpqua on Monday, and had a great day hooking 5 fish and bringing 3 to hand. If you need to know something about the North Umpqua, come in and talk to Reed. He has spent a lot of time on the river and knows most of it like the back of his hand.

  We have been fishing a type three sink-tip, with a big marabou spey pattern. It's a custom pattern we tie, that was very effective for us on the winter fish last year. We both fished the same style fly and hooked 8 fish in two days. Drop by the shop and we will show you how to tie it.

 

Check out the pictures under steelhead in our photo gallery patientangler.com

The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers
 
North Umpqua River - July 14th, 2006
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The North Umpqua River has a good number of summer steelhead moving up stream, and into the Fly Water. The river is running 1040cfs at Copeland Creek and is in great shape.

   Skating flies across the surface can produce some of the most exciting steelhead fishing you’ve ever had. We tie a great foam skater with moose hair wings, which has enticed countless steelhead from the bottom of the North Umpqua. Skating flies is a great way to cover the shallow ledges, troughs and tailouts you will find throughout the fly water. Traditional steelhead patterns tied in purple and black colors will work. One of my favorite flies is the Marabou Madam, tied in purple and pink or purple and green. The Marabou Madam is a #2 marabou spey pattern that has a great silhouette and is easy to cast.

   Remember that only unweighted flies can be used in the fly water July1st through September 30th.

  The angling pressure on the river has picked up, but there are over 40 miles of river access from the road. If you plan to fish Camp Water at first light, make sure you bring your own rock to stand on.

  Reed landed a 29 inch bright hen on Tuesday, in the lower fly water.

 

The Patient Angler

Peter J. Bowers
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