I’ve been fortunate to have visited many places in the world. Growing up as a military brat, we moved around a bit overseas. I’ve seen Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Korea and Japan; just to name a few. The company I work for is based in Southern Oregon and as an avid fly angler, I was excited for the opportunity to visit the Pacific Northwest, with fly fishing gear in tow of course. There are many reasons that anglers come from all parts of the world to experience Oregon fishing. Certainly it’s the areas lush natural beauty and seclusion but it most definitely has to do with the endless stretches of water, that are available year round. Some of the rivers include the Applegate, Chetco, Klamath, Rogue, Smith, Umpqua and Williamson.
In February, I teamed up with Marlon Rampy of Fly Fish Oregon early one Saturday morning in search of spawning winter steelhead on the lower Rogue River, just outside Medford, Oregon. The brisk, cool southern Oregon winter air was welcoming, quite a change from the Texas temperatures I’m used to fishing. I started drifting nymphs, targeting the large boulders and riffles in the river, with hopes they’d be holding large hungry steelhead waiting for a meal to float by. Marlon was a pro at maneuvering his drift boat against the strong current while I fished.
The bite was slow for most of the day, but I wasn’t complaining. For me, this day wasn’t only about catching fish. This was my first guided fly fishing trip in southern Oregon. The pure beauty of this part of the country was enough for me.
After a short while, I was able to manage a nice native cutthroat and small steelhead. Beautiful fish.
Although fishing was tough, this had to be one of my most memorable fishing trips in a long time. If you’re ever in the southern Oregon area, look up Marlon Rampy at Fly Fish Oregon. You’ll be glad you did.