Rogue River

One of the better known rivers in Southern Oregon, the Rogue River boasts healthy numbers of wild and hatchery steelhead, cutthroat trout and rainbow trout. Chinook salmon run in both spring and fall.

The Rogue River is about 215 miles long from its headwaters near Crater Lake National Park to its mouth which meets the sea in Gold Beach Oregon. The Rogue River has long lazy stretches mixed with heart pounding stretches of up to class IV whitewater. Most of the fishing offered by ROE takes place in what we consider the Upper Section of the Rogue River about 2.5 hours from the ocean and an hour from Crater Lake National Park. All trips are day trips and most fishing is done from a drift boat or fly fishing raft. Some wading is available. Your ROE guide will let you know what the best opportunities are along the way.

The Rogue River offers fishing opportunities nearly year round and with a variety of techniques. We fly fish primarily but gear fishing trips are available too.

Trout Fishing
Dry fly fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout on the Upper stretches is very rewarding. Trout range from 10 – 26 inches. You can fish from the boat and wade in spots. A 4 wt rod works great for casting a variety of top water flies. In general you can catch fish all day long… if you can manage not to pull your fly away when you see these hungry fish come to take your fly.

Steelhead Fishing
Summer steelhead fishing on the Rogue River is pretty consistent from late July through November. Summer steelhead range from 3 to 8 pounds and occasionally we land a whopper weighing up to 12 pounds. Skating, nymphing and swinging flies are all common methods. Steelhead are of course known as the fish of a thousand casts. Don’t be discouraged. Steelhead are well worth the effort. Great fighters and great fun once they take your fly.

Salmon Fishing
Most of our guests don’t fly fish for salmon but it can be done. You’ll need a healthy cast, a stellar presentation and an 8-10 weight rod. Be prepared to put your time in and then be very ready for some line management.

Trip Length:

  • 1 day
  • Usually meet at 5am and return about 3pm


Winter Steelhead: Mid March – April
Summer Steelhead: Mid July – November

Spring Salmon: May – July
Fall Salmon: August – September
Coho Salmon: November – December

Trout:  Year Round


  • Steelhead
  • Chinook Salmon
  • Rainbow Trout


Summer Steelhead:
nymphing, swinging & skating flies

Winter Steelhead
nymphing, swinging & skating flies

dries, nymphing, and swinging flies



BWO, march brown, caddis, salmon flies, golden stones, PMD, and midges

License Required:

Oregon Fishing Licenses are required.  Purchase your license online with ODFW

$595 per boat
(up to two anglers per boat)
Includes: Guide. Rods, reels and terminal tackle. We do suggest bringing your own rods/reels when possible.
Not Included: License, lunch and Waders.
(Rates subject to change)

Minimum Age:

  • Trout – 8
  • Steelhead/Salmon – 12

Trip Begins/Ends:

  • ROE fly shop. 5391 Running Y Road, Klamath Falls OR 97601
  • Rogue River trips may meet at the Apple Peddler Restaurant in White City Oregon. Please confirm with the office.

Nearest Airports:

  • Commercial: Medford Oregon, (MFR)
  • Private: Klamath Falls Oregon, (LMT)

Ready to Book Your Adventure?

Call: 541.884.3825


  • 7 or 8 wt fast action for nymphing and swinging
  • Favorite Spey rod


  • WF floating for nymphing and swinging
  • WF type IV sink tip for swinging


  • Layers for Cold Mornings and Warm Days
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Waders are not necessary unless you would like to try and wade fish when there are opportunities on this river.


  • Lunch/Drinks
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Raingear
  • Fishing License
  • Bug Spray
  • Fly Rod
  • Small Gear Bag


All fisherman 14 and older must purchase an Oregon fishing license. You may purchase a one day license or an annual license. Purchase your license with ODFW


in the ROE fly shop.