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I've been visiting the North Umpqua the last few weekends with fairly boring results. A few trout and other small tugs, nothing to me that would indicate a steelhead. (Unless those soft plucks are the norm down there?) I've been exploring mostly below Camp water, and a few runs in Camp water, it's just busy in there.

Anyways, I'm curious if anyone would be kind enough to share some reports if they've been out there? Or at least some interesting stories from this season so far?

It's a beautiful river, I think I'll be heading back way more than I originally planned! Cheers and good luck out there.

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Just was there with my daughter the last two days (evening of 10th-morning of 12th) No hookups and a fairly busy river. Spotted a few fish. That was it.

But the company was great, the venue glorious, and the experience basically wonderful.

Was there for two days a couple of weeks ago. One smallish hen to hand on that trip.
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Hi MTD,

I've been watching this thread since it was posted hoping for some replies. I'm slowly planning a second trip down there so any feedback is of value. It has been 4 years this November that I was there. At that time of year I caught some fish in the Rogue but drew a blank on the North Umpqua. I only fished 2 days on the Umpqua and the water was quiet high due to some serious rain. I had no interaction at all with fish other than to see 2 very nice steelhead clear the water on the far side of course. I'd say they looked to be fish of about 8 to 11 pounds, they were decent sized but were across the worst currents to try managing a line so they went on in peace.

Any more trips up there please post up buddy.
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Thank you for your reply. Are you using binos in any fashion or just glancing from the high banks?

I personally havent seen anything, but will whole heartedly agree in the glorious venue. It's one of the more magical waters I've personally visited this year.

I've been reading Mr. McRae's "North Umpqua Chronicles" during the week and now have a few spots worth checking out. It's really gotten me juiced up and jazzed to go find some steelies.

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Just was there with my daughter the last two days (evening of 10th-morning of 12th) No hookups and a fairly busy river. Spotted a few fish. That was it.

But the company was great, the venue glorious, and the experience basically wonderful.

Was there for two days a couple of weeks ago. One smallish hen to hand on that trip.

"Take care of the fish, and the fishing will take care of itself." ó Art Neumann
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I had no interaction at all with fish other than to see 2 very nice steelhead clear the water on the far side of course. I'd say they looked to be fish of about 8 to 11 pounds, they were decent sized but were across the worst currents to try managing a line so they went on in peace.
On that particular river, its worth a cast.
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First time Iíve heard another person reference Patís book. He is a one of a kind fisherman and person.
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Not many steelhead in the NU at the moment

The big bend pool that Lee watches usually has 200 - 400 fish by this time of the year. Count stands at 72 From 7/11. Not seeing fish jumping at the falls at Deadline either. With drought conditions and low water flows, this could be a really tough year on the NU.

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The big bend pool that Lee watches usually has 200 - 400 fish by this time of the year. Count stands at 72 From 7/11. Not seeing fish jumping at the falls at Deadline either. With drought conditions and low water flows, this could be a really tough year on the NU.

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I just spent a couple days fishing with nothing to show, except a nice time. I spoke with a few folks who had also been fishing with similar results. The river did some pretty busy for a mid week trip, even considering it's summer. One of the fellows I chatted with echoed what Mark mentions regarding the big bend pool. Regardless, I'll still make a couple more jaunts down there. I'm not aware of a finer place to get skunked and fall in the river.
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I've not had the pleasure of meeting him, but I would absolutely love to. Crossing my fingers that I bump into him somewhere along the water or the Inn.

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Ah, interesting. I've not made the trek up to Lee's pool, but I do understand that he's not there this year. I'm hoping his year turns around for him.

A few friends and I like to sit and watch the falls on the way in or out and noted that we didnt see many making the jump either. It's unfortunate to hear others are seeing the same. Thank you for the information though! I really appreciate it.

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The big bend pool that Lee watches usually has 200 - 400 fish by this time of the year. Count stands at 72 From 7/11. Not seeing fish jumping at the falls at Deadline either. With drought conditions and low water flows, this could be a really tough year on the NU.

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... I'm not aware of a finer place to get skunked and fall in the river.
Haha, well said!

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Iím not sure Pat is fishing much anymore as his eyesight and health have not been the best. Look for the Fishbum plates with the rod racks screwed permanently to the roof. One heck of a guy and the man that convinced me that Jaws was not about a shark but steelheading. And other than Frank Moore, nobody knew the river better.
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I will be up Monday-Thursday. A friend of mine went up yesterday and will be there for 8-10 days. Iíll post a few updates during or after the trip.
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On that particular river, its worth a cast.
Oh I did, many times. I had brought a 15' Winston and could reach all the way but the center currents were dragging the fly away long before it could sink more than an inch or two.

I was up where that Inn and Restaurant are located as you drive upstream. Past there where a creek flows in from the left as you are continuing upstream. Then there is a bridge that crosses to a parking area on the right.

The fish were below where the creek enters on the road side. That creek was roaring and muddy but the fish were on the silt line just below the confluence.

Day 2 I went up, through those huge boulders criss crossing where I could as I had to. Don't know how far I went but it probably seemed farther than it was due to terrain. Beautiful water, not muddy at all but I raised nothing.
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Was unaware of the book- cant wait to read it! Cheers all, Chris
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