Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Rogue River State of Jefferson
To fly in and fish the Rogue pretty much means fly into Medford Oregon. The only flights in and out of Medford are from San Francisco, Sacremanto, Portland, Seattle, or Reno.
So if one has to fly to S.F. or Sacremento, why bother to to fly to Medford? Plenty of steelhead rivers in N. Ca. Likewise, if one is flying into Portland or Seattle. Plenty of steel up there. You could fly into Portland and book a couple of days with a guide on the Deschutes. Biggest problem would be getting from PDX over to Maupin, or wherever you can arrange to meet the guide. You may have to settle for something closer in, like the Sandy.
The reason a lot of these rivers are as good as they are is their remoteness. The easier they are to get to, the more heavily they get pounded.
But, if you've got your heart set on the Rogue, do it right. Book a four day guided trip, with a fly fishing guide, down through the wild and scenic section. And this is the time of year to do it.
I fish because the voices inside my head tell me to.