Many fly fisherman have a bucket list of lifetime-rivers they'd like to visit. Here we are in laid-back Southern Oregon with not one lifetime river but four! Open the curtain to reveal the Upper Klamath River, Williamson River, Rogue River and Wood River. Here in Southern Oregon you can fish for native, giant, Redband Rainbow Trout, wild steelhead and chinook salmon. You can seriously fish a week and never see the same water twice! From March - December you can find great fishing opportunities.
Choose to fish for native redband rainbow trout on a remote wild and scenic section of the Klamath River where most days we never see another boat. Explore the famous Williamson River, a crystal clear spring creek where landing 10+ pound native redband trout is often the reality, 3-6 pound fish are typically caught daily!
You can also stalk big browns on the Wood River or chase wild steelhead and Sea Run Cutthroat the Rogue River. Plus, the exclusive Keno Section of the Klamath River with it's fat football size native redbands is spectacular!
Dreaming of fishing a National Park? We can help make it a reality! We'll hike into this famous caldera and then after a quick boatride to Wizard Island we will fish for rainbow trout that we lure up from the depths!
The Klamath Basin in Southern Oregon is a land of rivers, spring creeks and high mountain lakes so it can be hard to wrap your mind around the high desert definition of the area. The area is an exercise in diversity!
Heavily timbered the Fremont Winema National Forest spans the basin interrupted by spring creeks spilling and bubbling from the earth. These spring fed creeks serve fish well as they annually trek there for spawning and again as a retreat to their cooler waters in summer. Slow moving and clear as gin the Williamson, Wood and Sprague Rivers play host to the native redband rainbows of the area and colorful brown trout. Cutting through private farm and ranch lands these spring creeks are best accessed by boat. With deep holes and numerous ledges we primarily fish from the boat on these ice cream cold waters. Wading is not necessary.
These spring creeks make their way into Klamath and Agency lakes where the water temperature warms considerably in summer. With an average depth of 13 feet the Lake, while shallow is massive at 30 miles long and about 15 miles wide. A real Stillwater fishery Klamath Lake offers a challenge for any who want stalk its impressive native redband rainbows.
As the diverse watershed transitions into the Upper Klamath River the diverse landscape reveals a completely different personality with boisterous big water cutting through steep canyon walls into a federally designated wild and scenic section of river where fisherman raft from rapid to rapid eating up pools along the way with quick and decisive casts. Just above the first class five of Caldera and Hells Corner we exit to remote and unimproved roads to find our way back to pavement.
Just over the hill of the Cascades in the Rogue River Basin expect a freestone river made famous by Zane Greys penmanship surrounded by oaks and conifers. With the removal of all but one dam on this inland river system, we have seen the fishery rebound back to is previous glory!
The North Umpqua drainage is very similar to the Rogue with the exception that this river has NO dams on it at all, wild steelhead reign supreme in the winter here!
High desert weather means cool nights and warm dry days.
April - May expect cold mornings and mild days (avg 60's) with occasional rain showers.
The warm season lasts from mid-June to mid-September with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is around the end of July with an average high of 85°F and low of 51°F.
The cold season lasts from mid-November to mid-March with an average daily high temperature below 47°F. The coldest day of the year is around the end of December, with an average low of 21°F and high of 38°F.
All that said we are called the "City of Sunshine" because of our 300+ days a year average of sun!
Rogue & Umpqua regions
The warm season lasts from June to September with an average daily high temperature above 83°F. The hottest day of the year is in July , with an average high of 92°F and low of 59°F.
October you can expect chilly mornings and warm days into the 70s.
The cold season lasts from November to February with an average daily high temperature below 54°F. The coldest day of the year is December 25, with an average low of 31°F and high of 44°F. March and April can have rainy conditions with temps from 30-50 degrees, May is warmer but rain is still a possibility.
Klamath River - Keno stretch
Klamath River - Wild & Scenic
Q. What flies should I bring?
A. This is the most frightening question to answer! With so many hatches and changing conditions, we recommend you bring your full boxes and review them at the fly shop with your guide. Adding what is needed on a daily basis. This will keep your guide in his "comfort zone" and assure you of the right bugs daily.
Q. How long are we on the water?
A. Full day trips are 8 hours, 1/2 day trips are 4 hours.
Q. Do I need waders?
A. Not on the Williamson or Wood Rivers
A. Optional on the Rogue River and Mountain Lakes. Most people do not wear waders at these locations.
A. Absolutely YES for the Upper Klamath River – Keno and Wild & Scenic
Q. Do I need a car?
A. Most guests like to have their own car and we recommend it but it is not mandatory. It is not mandatory, but it really opens up your options for the day and cruising around for dinner!
Q. What is common gratuity?
A. Around $80-$100 per day is most common.
Q. What Should I wear?
A. Wear layers. This is high desert country which means cool or cold mornings and sunny days almost year round. Bring raingear just in case. Coats for winter fishing. Hats and sunglasses are highly recommended. We provide lifejackets. Waders are strongly recommended for the Klamath River, Keno and Wild & Scenic sections.
Q Is gear provided?
A. We do not supply terminal tackle (flies, leader & tippet) but you can purchase anything you may need once you arrive at our fly shop. We have rod & reel rentals ($25 per day) and wader rentals ($25 per day)
Q. Is lunch provided?
A. Yes, lunch is provided on full day fishing trips. Lunch style will vary from boxed lunches (sandwich, fruit, cookie, chips) to shore lunches depending on the river and weather conditions. If you have anything special you’d like to bring to eat or drink you can stow it in the guides cooler with lunch. Lunch is NOT included on half day trips.
Q. What hatches do you have?
A. THE CHART
- golden stone
- yellow Sally
- March brown
Q. Where do we meet/leave from?
A. Normally you will meet your guide at the ROE fly shop and follow them in your own vehicle to the river from there.
Q. How far away are the rivers & lakes?
A. From the ROE Fly Shop to put-in:
Williamson River – 25 minutes
Wood River – 35 minutes
Keno, Klamath River – 30 minutes
Wild & Scenic, Klamath River – 30 minutes
Upper Rogue River – 80 minutes
Klamath Lake – 10 – 30 minutes (depends on launch site)
Mountain Lakes – 30 – 45 minutes (depends on launch site)
Q. What rods and lines should I bring?
A. See "Gear" tab.