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Guided Rogue River Steelhead and Salmon Fishing Trips

From Oregon's Clayhill Lodge in the Rogue River Canyon

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The rugged and inaccessible canyon of the Rogue River Wilderness from Blossom Bar to Watson Pool is epic steelhead and salmon water. Clay Hill Lodge is right in the middle of it. Our lodge is the only permitted motorized fishing outfitter located within this ___ mile stretch of the Rogue River. Here you share your fishing holes with bear, osprey, eagles and blue heron, not fishermen.

This misnamed subspecies of summer steelhead exists primarily only in the Rogue and Klamath River basins. This steelhead returns to the Rogue not only as a non-feeding adult spawner, but in a prior year as an immature "Jack" between 1/2 and five pounds. These steelhead, unlike their common cousins found everywhere else, are actively feeding when in fresh water. For fly fishermen Half Pounders are the ultimate steelhead fishing experience. These fish hold in heavy numbers in our area September through November.

Fall Chinook and silver salmon are present September through November, as well as summer steelhead. These are fished primarily with conventional fishing gear, although a record book 72 pound fall Chinook was caught on a fly in 2003. Spring Chinook and winter steelhead trips are also available by special arrangement.

$500 per person. This includes lodging and meals. Bring a non-fisherman or spouse to share your room for $150 a day. Call for group rates.

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Fall chinook, silver salmon and summer steelhead enter the Rogue in late August through October to begin their spawning migration. Following them are the famous Rogue River Half-pounders, a jack or immature steelhead, one-half to three pounds which enter the river to feed. Fly-fishing for steelhead is at its finest. Guided three or four day drift boat fishing trips are available on a very limited basis. This is a very busy time of year at Clay Hill Lodge. People come from around the world to experience this fishery and annual trip dates are coveted like gold. Our most popular outfitter has not taken a new guest in 8 years. A new record fall chinook weighing 72 pounds was taken on a fly in the lower Rogue in 2003.

Winter steelhead are virtually untouched in the canyon and half-pounders are abundant. No river permits are required but the winter closure of upstream lodges and unpredictable weather make down river drift fishing difficult. We have personally had phenomenal winter fishing experiences at Clay Hill Lodge. Normally our off season this year we are offering guided and unguided winter fishing from late January through February dependant on bookings.

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Spring chinook salmon are running in late April and May and half-pounders are still prevalent. Bank fishing is popular with hikers along the Rogue River Trail

"Awesome views! Great food! Lots of hot water! We'll be back next year."

Bill, Joe, Tyson, Daniel, Marla, Craig & Chuck.

'Clay Hill Lodge, Inc., is an equal-opportunity recreation service provider and employer, and is operating its rafting and fishing trips under special use permit within the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.'


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