February through April - Winter Steelhead
May through June - Trout
July through November 20th - Summer Steelhead
Fishing equipment is provided on all guided trips. We offer Rogue River steelhead fly patterns in our tackle shop and fishing licenses are available at the lodge as well. If bringing your own equipment we recommend 7-, or 8-weight rods with nymphing lines and sink tips. For Switch or Spey we recommend a 6/7-weight.
Morrison's is located along the Rogue River in the rolling foothills of the Cascade Range of Southern Oregon. It is only 20 minutes by car from Grants Pass and I-5, and a little over an hour from the Rogue Valley International Airport in Medford. The Rogue is a large river with a flow during the fishing season of 1,200 to 1,500 cfs. At Morrison's the elevation is 800 ft. above sea level. We float some mild Class II rapids. Our trips are done from drift boats, we offer swinging flies, nymphing, twitching (dragging flies) and Spey casting.
Short hot summers, short extreme winters, long cool springs and long warm fall season describe the weather on the Rogue. There are approximately 14-16 hours of daylight in the summer months, and 11-13 hours of daylight in the fall.
Average high and low temperatures are; Spring: March 59-37, April 64-40, May 72-45 Summer: June 80-50, July 89-55, August 89-54 Fall: Sept. 89-47, Oct. 69-41, Nov. 52-39 Winter: Dec 44-35, Jan. 47-35. Feb. 53-36.
Upon arrival you are greeted by one of our staff to discuss breakfast and lunch times, the next day's itinerary and fitted for waders and boots.
Book a whitewater raft adventure on the Rogue or relax by the pool, play some tennis, take a fly-fishing class on the lawn. Enjoy a three or four course meal at Morrison’s fine dining restaurant or simply relax with a glass of wine by the fire, or on the spacious lawn on the banks of the river.
Southern Oregon has a host of activities for the adventurous spirit. From the Tony Award-Winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland (it offers all types of plays and musicals), to the majesty of Crater Lake and the spectacular Oregon Coast, there are plenty of things to do when you are not fishing. Southern Oregon is also home to 80 wineries and wine tasting is a special treat. The Oregon Caves, Hellgate Jetboat Excursions and Wildlife Images are close by too. For music lovers the Britt Festival in the historic gold rush town of Jacksonville plays host to a full schedule of musical talent from folk, to rock, to classical.
For 70 years, Morrison's has been the place to stay on the Rogue River. It’s historic lodge was built in the 1940's and a rock fireplace warms the main log cabin style living room. Our chef prepares fine dining meals on the deck overlooking the river, and in the lodge café style when the weather cools off. A full service conference room is available for meetings, and an outdoor exercise room is available. There are nine river view cottages with fireplaces, private decks & covered parking (four 2-bedroom / five 1-bedroom), four quaint rooms in the main lodge, two lovely multi-bedroom suites and four cottages just a short walk away on Taylor Creek.
Steelhead: Still the most popular fish that we fish for at Morrison's. They are an ocean going rainbow trout and truly are a fabulous sport fish. They fight hard and can readily be caught on flies. There are various ways to fish for steelhead. We can accommodate fly-fishing as well as conventional techniques.
Fall Chinook:Also known as kings, start showing up in front of the lodge about the last week in August and continue through the month of September. The technique for Chinook is bait & lure. Guides like to get on the river early, first morning light. Average Chinook are in the 35 – 45 pound range but a 50- to 60-pounder is not uncommon.
Coho Salmon:Runs have been rather late arriving to our area of the Rogue for the last 2 seasons, showing up in late October and early November. Coho are very difficult to target and are generally caught incidentally while fishing for steelhead. They are usually bright with a silver body with a blue back and their sides take on a blush to deep red color as they come up river to spawn.
Spring Chinook or "Springers": Coming up river in May, springers are a bit more difficult to catch than the fall Chinook, but the quality of the fish is often superb. Guides will usually fish for springers upriver from Morrison’s near Grants Pass.
Trout: Our area of the Rogue does not have a resident trout population, so we count on the migration runs for fishing. We will see some sea run cutthroat trout during the fall among the steelhead. Another option for trout is on the upper Rogue, just below Lost Creek Dam. This is a stocked trout area known as "The Holy Water" offering a great salmon fly hatch in June. It's about a 1½ hour drive from Morrison's, with great fly-fishing opportunities. The upper river in the Shady Cove area (1½ hour drive) also offers trout in the spring and fall.
Fishing gear, waders and boots if you have them, raingear top and pants, camera, sunscreen.
Q. Can we buy a fishing license at the lodge?
A. Yes we sell 1-, 3-, 4-, and 7-day licenses.
Q. Are there activities for my spouse while I fish?
A. Yes there is, refer to off-site activities.
Q. What kind of flies should I bring?
A. We provide all of the flies. If you want to tie your own flies we will send you copies of the most common ones used.
Q. What is a half-pounder?
A. A half pounder is a juvenile steelhead that is coming up river prematurely.
Q. Are the steelhead coming up to spawn?
A. Yes, but different than salmon, they do not die after spawning.
Q. How many fish can I expect to catch a day?
A. The steelhead on the fly is called the "fish of a thousand casts." Catching one on the fly is a remarkable experience.
Q. How many days would you recommend we fish?
A. More is always better, but I recommend at least three days. Fishing is fishing and there are some good days and some not so good days. Three days increases your chance on catching beautiful fish.
Q. Will we fish the same place every day?
A. You can if you want. There are about ten different runs that we can fish we can either mix it up or fish the same run each day.
Q. Are you a catch and release only?
A. Our guides encourage catching and releasing. But you can keep hatchery fish.