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So, I think my buddy and I are going to fly into Medford and fish the Rogue for a long weekend. Just a couple of logistical questions.

1. Is it better to stay in Grants Pass or Medford?

2. Does anyone know if/where we can rent a raft or driftboat?

3. Neither of us have fished the Rogue, so any other thoughts or feedback would be great

Thanks in advance and I hope everyone has a nice weekend
 

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If you have never fished the river I would really recommend hiring a guide. One day on the Rouge and one day on the Umpqua would be a fantastic venture. Maybe you could get a two day discount.?? I have fished with Dan Stumpf of Northwest Drifters on both rivers, he is great. Nate Bailey is on this site and he comes highly recommended. By the time you pay for a boat or raft and shuttles and maybe flounder a bit on the fishing, these guys can get you into fish the easy way. Just thinking that would be a much better introduction and speaking from personal experience.... Doc
 

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I would second Freecast's recommendation on Nate Bailey. He will work his butt off for you guys. I also posted on the Destinations forum about a NU/Rogue trip and got some feedback there and might be worth checking out.

Also check your PMs.
 

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Also, PM me and maybe I can give advice... I live in GP and fish almost daily. as for which is better it will depend where the fish are when you arrive. there is a lot of water though, it may pay to explore some.
 

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Hey wheelhoss . I wouldn't worry about needing a boat , most of us guys here on the rogue this time of year just wet wade and access the river with inner tubes , trolling Chernobyl ants behind the tube works really well . Also banana slugs dipped in yucatan sunshine can be deadly . I here chucksquatch is here and living under the bridge , I think he is renting inner tubes . Good luck , and fishon }~~~>
 

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Hey wheelhoss . I wouldn't worry about needing a boat , most of us guys here on the rogue this time of year just wet wade and access the river with inner tubes , trolling Chernobyl ants behind the tube works really well . Also banana slugs dipped in yucatan sunshine can be deadly . I here chucksquatch is here and living under the bridge , I think he is renting inner tubes . Good luck , and fishon }~~~>
I heard he was operating out of Fisher's Ferry landing, with take out under the bridge @ Gold Hill. :chuckle:
 

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Being a fisherdude, you know that conditions can change in a heartbeat. Right now, the river is blown out, and we've another couple of days of heavy rain forecast. So, check the long-range weather forecast, and plan accordingly. You may otherwise be playing cribbage in your motel for a while!

Nate would be a good person to tap into for a guided trip. He knows this river inside and out.

If you're thinking of just a few hours out morning and evening, kopffishon is right - there are plenty of access points for wading, and this isn't an especially difficult river to wade.

bon chance!
 

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Thanks for the info, fellas. Spot on advice from kopffishon. This is good news, as I just started an embrocation cycle, so the legs will be ready for some chilly water :)

We vrbo'ed a place in Shady Cove, lined up Nate for a day. I think we would still like to find a boat. We don't get as much steelhead time as I would like, so it really is a full day quest. Fully aware of running the gauntlet on river conditions. You don't know unless you go. It's either a good fishing trip or a good drinking trip, sometimes both
 

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Shoot me a msg when your here, I live a few minutes from shady cove so if I can make it I'd be happy to come swing with you guys... One advantage of the upper river is even if most of the river is blown there is a small section right below the dam that is usually fisbable when everything else isn't, right now is probably an exception as the river tripled its size in a couple days!
 

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Hey wheelhoss ! Just giving you updated fishing report for upper rogue ... The blue gills are huge this year 10 - 14" ... Also epic run of needle fish ! Beware of renting tubes from chucksquatch , I here most of them leak . Looks like your timing is perfect the banana slug hatch is just starting to fire up , skating big yellow things is the go to method right now for trophy blue gill ! If you are lucky we will get a huge storm that will wash all the slugs into the river ! That would be epic ! Fishon......
 

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bumping this to hopefully get a little recent info. I recently got laid off (a good thing for the most part) and am planning on heading out of town to do some swinging. I'm thinking southern Oregon and the Rogue in particular but I'll be driving and will have the flexibility to fish wherever is good. I'm looking at the middle of next week and spending about a week fishing. Any info on how it's been recently would be much appreciated. Also, any info on locations and flies as well. And if anyone wants to do a little swinging and show me around, beers on me.

I'd love to go the guided route but unfortunately I'm on a bit of a budget due to the work situation.
 

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bumping this to hopefully get a little recent info. I recently got laid off (a good thing for the most part) and am planning on heading out of town to do some swinging. I'm thinking southern Oregon and the Rogue in particular but I'll be driving and will have the flexibility to fish wherever is good. I'm looking at the middle of next week and spending about a week fishing. Any info on how it's been recently would be much appreciated. Also, any info on locations and flies as well. And if anyone wants to do a little swinging and show me around, beers on me.

I'd love to go the guided route but unfortunately I'm on a bit of a budget due to the work situation.
I just posted a report on my blog. Try the public water above Shady Cove.
 

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Thanks Nate! Looks like I'm headed that way tomorrow. I appreciate the info on swinging, I'll keep that in mind when looking for spots.
 

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For water flow in any 'moving water' in Oregon go here.

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/rt

The reports are updated ever 15 or 30 minutes so 'what you see is what you got.' Right now the river's running at low/slow speed, think, even with our weather ... summer run conditions: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/uv?site_no=14339000

Day break and it IS GOING TO BE COLD!! Afternoons you could be fishing in our T-shirt. Specific link above is about 15 RM's below the hatchery, at this time of the year/above that's where I'd expect to find Mr. Fish. 'Streamtime' has an old river map of the Rogue River (and lots of others); dated as it may be thing is still pretty much 'dead on' as what you'll find 'boots on the ground.' Other access' now but you'll need a good city/county road map to pick them out.

What I've suggested to many folks is get the map, flip on Google Earth and follow along writing notes so you don't spend a hell of a lot of wasted time. GPS can be a 'good thing!'

Water flow wise there are similar mappings for every State. Maps I don't know about.

You want a 'floatie-boatie-Guide .... call NATE! Young man has the upper Rogue 'wired.'

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They are in there. Black swung low and slow mid afternoon got this wild buck.



edit: there are some monster white fish in this river too!
 
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