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Written By: Cal Kellogg, December 23, 2013
Location: Umpqua River,
The ODFW reports that steelhead are available throughout the North with the most success coming in the early morning hours.
Anglers are getting hatchery steelhead in the Swiftwater area. Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. With the river running low and clear anglers are using light tackle tactics and lots of stealth.
Note that from Oct. 1 through June 30, angling in the fly water area is restricted to a single barbless artificial fly, which can be dressed with conventional fly tying material.
The South Umpqua is open for winter steelhead fishing. Few steelhead are in the South during December, but numbers increase throughout January and February and peak in March. Most hatchery steelhead return to the South Umpqua, so anglers interested in harvesting a hatchery fish will be most successful in the South.
If you’d like to experience Umpqua fishing at it’s best give the folks at Wolfe Pack Guide Service a call at (541) 445-2254 or contact Northwest Sportfishing at (541) 863-1221.
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