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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 06-24-2015, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Be up fishing this SOB in middle of July. Any word on the conditions of the river thus far?

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It's fine.

High water will not be your issue; low water flows could be an issue.

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Low flows are an issue (I've seen it lower, but not in June already) - the water is very warm for this time of year. With the weather forecast for the next 2-3 weeks (hot and dry), it's not going to get better. Fish the morning, then find a shady spot or a swimming hole.
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agreed, the bigger issue is warm water. Temps are 5 F warmer than usual. Anglers need to carry thermometers and use them this summer.

The science shows that steelhead actively avoid water temperatures above 66 F. Anything above this is increasingly stressful. From an angling perspective, the fish aren't as grabby and fight poorly. I fish a pointless waker (no hook) at 66-67 F, and quit altogether at 68 F.

If you gotta fish, there is trout fishing for small resident cutties in tributary creeks high above the valley floor that stay cooler, where some driving and exploring with little 3-4 wt can be fun. Avoid tribs near the mainstem and/or below barriers to anadromy, several of which are closed anyway, to protect salmon and steelhead smolts.
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Yes, SSpey, I got a 62 reading on Saturday afternoon, and it wasn't even an especially hot day. July and August will be grim.
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I'll be up there this weekend, I'll let you know how it goes. I plan on keeping an eye on the water temps.

I also just heard that they adopted an emergency reg to not allow fishing within 200 feet of a tributary:

Emergency restrictions for the Umpqua River protect wild summer steelhead; temporary rule defines dates for fall and spring Chinook angling
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Heck of a read.

But no real surprise. It will be interesting to see if they do something like this down here on the Rogue. Snow pack was a disaster and they've already cut the flows back late summer.




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I guess it is what it is. Still going to wet a line and enjoy the beauty of the river.

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At this point the restrictions are only for the main stem and not the NU. But it is still important to check those water temps.

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I'll be up there this weekend, I'll let you know how it goes. I plan on keeping an eye on the water temps.

I also just heard that they adopted an emergency reg to not allow fishing within 200 feet of a tributary:

Emergency restrictions for the Umpqua River protect wild summer steelhead; temporary rule defines dates for fall and spring Chinook angling
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I'll be up there this weekend, I'll let you know how it goes. I plan on keeping an eye on the water temps.
I'm anxious to hear, I've been planning a trip for a few months to spend some time there next week.

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At this point the restrictions are only for the main stem and not the NU. But it is still important to check those water temps.
I always take a water temp regardless of the season, but in the summer a lot of catch and release anglers are unaware of how much devastation catching can be when the water temps are too high. Not enough us know when to just call it a day for the protection of the fish.

Take a temperature reading, save steelhead
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I'm anxious to hear, I've been planning a trip for a few months to spend some time there next week.
My trip for this weekend ended up getting canceled due to a work related deadline. But I did re-schedule, I'll be up there 7/10-7/12 & 7/16-7/19

I'll let you know how I fair. I'm committed to getting one on a skated (waked) fly.

If anyone else is going to be there on the same dates send me a PM and we can grab a beer at camp during the mid day heat.
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FYI: NU Water temp was 67 on Friday. Skated up a hen about 8:30 am. She was pretty lethargic and did't put up much of a struggle.

In my opinion, we really need to examine our ethics concerning wild fish on the NU this summer.
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I just got back a few mins ago from the NU. Spent the last few days there. There was fish everywhere but the water was sooooooo warm. Had a couple of fish grab but come off pretty quickly. Water temp is better near steamboat.
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If your going to be camping... this is the place.

http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recr...Campground.pdf




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