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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2008, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Northern Cal, Southern Oregon Steelhead

I'm driving down to Davis, CA from central Oregon for a class the week of March 24 and returning towards the end of the week. I wanted to bring my spey rod and and hit one of the Northern California or Southern Oregon rivers for at least one day.

I was thinking anywhere from the Trinity to the N Umpqua. Any recommendations for a particular river to hit in that time frame?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-08-2008, 12:09 AM
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The Rogue and N Umpqua will both have fish at that time. Should be enough fish to make it worthwhile to flip some feathers around on the way by.

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Roger,
If you swing north and a little west out of Davis (Hwy 20) and drive up Hwy 101 you will access the south fork of the Eel River, Van Duzen, Mad and finally the Smith River at which point (Hwy199) you can head back toward Grants Pass and Medford. Take a couple days. It's a much nicer ride than up 5 and all the rivers I mentioned have steelhead in them. Not a lot, but steelhead, none the less. It seems this year is turning out to be the worst in recorded history. Even this late in the season there will be a few freshies in the systems.
Your only option for steel going up 5 in norcal will be the Trinity, about 40 min west of Redding on Hwy299. Those fish have been inriver quite a while. Pretty tired. Incidentally, Ca steelhead closes at the end of the day March 31st, except for the main stem of the Smith below the confluence of the main and south forks.
If interested I can give you more details on the coastal route.
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Hint, hint ....

Middle Rogue (almost) anywhere below Gold Rae/Ray dam down to Grants Pass. Water flows are summer run height at this point (only 2200 cfs at Grants Pass) so 'heavy gear' is over kill.

"Camped out" in my Motor Home across from the Town of Rogue River; want a bankie guide, PM me.

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I fished the NU around the 1st of March. There were fish there...
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YOU need a guide???

In your back yard??? I'll be your Huckleberry! Mind if I bring pad and paper to take notes?
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PM sent, Fred.

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83455, what kind of fishing were you doing? I heard you were out there with the trolling rig tryin' to dredge up some chigger fish. Shavin' in the handlebar tomorrow.
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PM sent, Fred.

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Got it; keep me posted on staying here in the MH.

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