You just have to love the Rogue! The Rogue River boasts one of the largest Wild Steelhead runs in the lower 48. This is one fishery that will live up to the hype. Summer Steelhead peak September to October, while Winter Steelhead peak from March to May. But there are always fish in the river system somewhere...
The fact that these fish stay in the river so long also makes them return to their smolt-like feeding habits. This creates a rare opportunity in the steelhead world; when conditions allow we have seen ten pound fish slurping down BWO’s by the buckets. One of our most effective methods to catch these brutes is to nymph fish, or swing soft hackles, matching the hatch.
The Rogue River boasts large runs of Chinook, Coho, and Steelhead. The Upper Rogue consists of some of the best fly water in the Pacific Northwest, and remains fly-fishable to flows equalling 3000cfs, but is prime around half that.
If you get cabin fever, the Upper Rogue River has a ton of holdover Steelhead fishing. This is one of my favorite times of the year for fishing on the Rogue, as you will have the river mostly to yourself.