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Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: STEAMER LANE
Upper Rogue report-11-7-15
Skunked and feeling good. The predicted rain held off. The low river still served up a bunch of fine, fishy looking runs. And we know there are fish in the river; wifey got one, and got a good tug on the swing in another run. But she's a fishy woman and I' agree with the gear guys we talked to in another boat on the way down, it was slooow.
The thing is, it was new water to us. We're trying to establish a few places to fish on our way back down from steelhead season in BC. The Rogue is right on I5, one of Eisenhower's gifts to his countrymen after they'd sacrificed their way through WWII, right on the way back down to surf city, where we pretend to be just like everybody else in our community. It has the potential of holding off, for one more day, our usual lives, our usual routines--you know what I'm talking about.
This time we decided to push down through the Olympic Penninsula, a place we'd never visited, with hopes that we'd get in a few more steps, a few hundred more casts. No luck. Locals welcomed the first big rains a few days before we arried, and, being ag people, we were happy for them. But the rivers were blown and all we got to do was look at them, including a curiously soul satisfying look the place where the Elwha dam once was. The trip had it's moments, but it was moistlly unsatisfying from a fishing point of view.
The Rogue is uncomfortably close to Shasta City, from which we stage our last long, traffic rivven run into our particular part of the Bay Area. Yes, ther is the Upper and Lower Sacramento. Thouse, though, are our usual waters, and, lets be frank, in the middle of winter the Upper Sac provides aa similar take rate to the Bulkley in September., and the lower requires guide raters that feel as substantial as those you can arrange at Oscars. Take rate is not everything, that's for sure. But it's something. And on waters as near an Interstate as the Sacrramento, it's a lot. So on this trio we hoped to find waters where we could be skunked, if necessaary, in places where we wouldn't mind being skunked on subsequent visits. Score!
Here's the thing.. One of the reasons we had such a good time wasn't just the surroundings, the composition of the runs, the clarity of the waters, the potential for scoring late season summer steelhead. One of the reason's we had such a good time was the guide we hired via the Google to squire us around. Should you find yourself in need of an introduction to the Rogue, and are of a mind to hire a guide to help you with that. call on a guy named Tom April with confidence. Good guide, nice guy.