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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-28-2009, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Umpqua River/ Winchester Bay

I will be near Winchester Bay the last week of June and would like to spend a day or two swinging flies. Are there many Salmon or Steelhead in the Umpqua around that time? Is the Umpqua very big near the mouth (do I need to bring a 15 footer)? Is there much public access from the bank, or do I need to get a guide?

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What to bring

There will definitely be steelhead in the river in that area in June. But you should bring a 15 foot boat, not a rod, for the mouth or near the mouth. It's pretty big the first few miles upriver. Bank access is minimal until you get upstream of Scottsburg and even then most land is private and most water is deep. I've never seen a fly swung until you get closer to the North and South forks.
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Unhappy oh well

well..... crap....... I guess I can fill my free time tying flies. thanks for the info.

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It's always worth a little driving time! Rent a car and do some road time if possible.

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Don't give up ....... there are some incrediable steelhead and trout waters around there, you just need to drive. I camped near there every summer growing up. Ask mothedog, he is a member on this site and he lives around that area. I'm sure he can point you in the right dirrection. Dave
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Brian...

There may be opportunities right in the Bay....

I live three miles away. Folks catch salmon right in the river casting from shore at Winchester Bay. River is WAY wide (400-500 yards) right there...but if you are staying at the RV park (or anywhere in the Bay) you can cast from the rocks on the west spit and hook salmon. Gear guys do it all the time...

A big rod might help...

But I'ld bring one and take a look at it.

And heck...it's just 2 hours to the fly water of the NU.

drop me a PM if you want

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There are a few parks and/or boat ramps with access on up to Tyee and beyond. There are some great places to swing a fly! Take a drive and Just look. If your into smallmouth bass past Scottsburg on up should be hot. A nice little spey rod would be a blast with the chance of hooking into a steely as well.
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Good point EZ...forgot abut the Tyee area and smallies...

heck..he could drive up the river 20 miles to Sawyers RApids...wade out on there and swing for smallies and shad...although that's probably too late for shad.
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Thanks guys

Thanks everyone.
Sorry for not responding, I was away for the weekend.
I think I'll give it a try. it is a family vacation, but I have the OK to sneak away for a day, and I'll have wheels while I'm out there, maybe I'll head up to the north fork and look around a bit. I was hopeing to fish near the mouth, but it sounds like a big river. even on my best day with my biggest rod I can only cast 120 ft.

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