Saying Goodbye to our 2017 McKenzie River Salmon Season. Our final September salmon journey down the McKenzie this past week proved fun and surprisingly productive. We actually brought 3 hatchery salmon to the net on Thursday, September 7, including a double header on a last minute half-day effort. When I got the call, I was initially pretty skeptical about our prospects given the late date and the fact that I had pretty much already packed it in for our McKenzie River Spring-Summer Chinook Season. I guess since I was available and I had noticed a forecast for possible showers, I [...]
We have begun our coastal salmon trips for Fall 2016. Trolling the Bays and the lower reaches of our coastal river is often the ticket to finding beautiful big fresh Chrome. This fortunate guest was blessed with a Chunky Siuslaw Toad on Tuesday's trip. Meanwhile, we continue to enjoy consistent success on our McKenzie River drift boat trips chasing down scrappy rainbows. Even novice fly fishers are doing well on the aggressive Rainbow Trout
Large Winter Steelhead are often available in the Month of March. Once in a while everything comes together with dropping river levels after a freshet and even some sunshine can all cumulate into magical March memories. Meanwhile, such rivers as the Umpqua and the Columbia are among the large systems already producing the coveted Spring Chinook salmon.
Fun day on the Lower Umpqua launching out of Winchester Bay. Got into some Fatties (Fall Chinook) and even managed a few Dungeoness Crab to boot. Fishing should get better and better in the coming weeks as the run builds.
As we sadly say goodbye to our Fall-Winter Chinook Season, we happlily transition into our Winter Steelhead Season. Roaring Fork Guide Service wishes you All the Best in 2015!
It's that time of year when Fall Chinook and Coho are on the docket up and down the Oregon Coast. As the salmon stage in the estuaries in preparation for their upriver migration, it's often a trolling game. As rain arrives and river levels climb dramatically, focus often changes to the free flowing waters well upriver of the tidal influence. Suddenly the drift boat becomes the craft of choice as fishermen row their way from salmon hole to salmon hole. As fish sense proximity to their natal spawning grounds, the bite can be ferocious with unnerving urgency and focused [...]
Roaring Fork Guide Service - Newsletter Spring-Summer 2014 Dear Friends, Anglers and Recreationists Yes it’s that time of year again when thoughts change to shorts, barbeques, and outdoor fun. As a river/fishing guide, this is my busiest time of year and also a special time of year when I get to focus my efforts on my home river, the McKenzie. Though I do run trips elsewhere locally on the Middle Fork Willamette, South Santiam and Umpqua, certainly the McKenzie gets preferential treatment since it flows just past my backyard. These rivers all provide ample opportunity to tie into a [...]
Dear Fishermen, Browsers and Viewers- Allow me a moment to wish you all a New Year filled with shared joy, adventure, great health and abundance ........ and perhaps a limit or two somewhere along the way. Our recent trip down the Main Umpqua River certainly substantiated all stories that the Lower Umpqua is loaded with cooperative chrome bright winter steelhead. While fish were being taken on a variety of methods, side drifting yarnballs certainly appeared among the most productive ways to tangle with chrome. We did observe one group of anglers holding a very popular slot enjoying repeated hook-ups [...]
Ed and Cliff had quite a day recently while drifting the very scenic Siletz River. Both bait and plugs seemed to produced equally well. The intermittent downpours didn't phase the boys at all and in fact, Cliff maintained that his stylish pink rainpants somehow influenced their great success.
Andy got into a couple pretty hot Siletz Steelhead on our trip this past week. Neither fish he hooked wanted to have any part of the net. As the picture indicates. Andy had other ideas.