Oregon’s North Umpqua River is the quintessential Cascadian river– steep, swift, crystal clear, and incredibly beautiful. It is also an iconic American classic that has captured the souls of countless anglers and drawn them back year after year to test their skills against one of the most challenging and rewarding races of steelhead in the world.
The North Umpqua’s 32 miles of “fly only” water are among the most radically regulated waters in the West and prohibit the use of weight throughout the prime summer months. For those who seek the challenge and rewards of catching a steelhead on a dry fly, this is the ultimate playing field. We have enlisted the river’s finest guides. Their knowledge and dedication to the North Umpqua is unsurpassed and days spent with them are intense, physical, and more often than not, rewarding.
If you opt to stay at the historic and refined Steamboat Inn, you will experience a classic steelheading adventure unlike any other. Due to the comfort and amenities provided by the Inn, along with the many hiking trails, nearby wineries and proximity to Crater Lake National Park, this is also a great getaway for those guests who choose to explore the areas many attractions.
Steamboat Inn is located on the banks of the North Umpqua, approximately 40 miles east of Roseburg, Oregon.
Fly fishing the North Umpqua river for steelhead is a pilgrimage to one of the cradles of our sport. It is a river that has inspired anglers for generations. All of our North Umpqua guides have fallen under the rivers’ spell and are eager to share their love and passion for the river and its’ magnificent steelhead. Simply put, fly fishing with one of these guides is a wonderful way to feel connected to an angling legacy.
All guide days on the North Umpqua are walk-and-wade trips. Days on the water are fairly athletic, requiring sometimes difficult wading and multiple trips up and down the riverbank. Many of the guides will employ a split schedule fishing program for the early season (July to August) as water conditions and air temperatures dictate.
Our guides on the North Umpqua are consummate professionals who have dedicated their lives to this special fishery. For a river that is known to “have no secrets”, these guides have each developed a unique style of fly fishing program that is educational, enjoyable, and productive.
Summer steelhead on the North Umpqua range from four to fourteen pounds, with the average steelhead coming in at six to eight pounds. Like most steelhead fishing, an angler should consider two good “pulls” or encounters a good day on the water. These are extremely hard-fighting steelhead that swim in a swift, steep river making the fish you do hook memorable and rewarding.
The Inn is a perfect lodging base for the numerous nearby attractions, such as Crater Lake National Park (approximately 65 miles), Diamond Lake, excellent wineries and a wildlife safari park. Trails for hikers and swimming are all also within minutes of Steamboat Inn. Nearby Roseburg hosts shopping and theaters.
Accommodations and Meals:
The Steamboat Inn is perched on a bluff among the towering firs of the Umpqua National Forest, overlooking some of the best fishing water on the renowned North Umpqua River. The Inn has a long and rich history of angling tradition reaching back to the 1920’s and consists of a main lodge and a number of other comfortable accommodation choices. Options include Streamside Cabins, River Suites, the Hideaway Cottages (located a half mile from the Inn), and the Camp-Water Houses (located across the river featuring full kitchens).
Each summer night at dusk and in the winter at around seven o'clock, the doors of Steamboat Inn close to all but cabin guests and those who have made reservations. The staff at the Inn now dedicates itself to a single purpose, namely the dining pleasure of the Inn's guests. Proprietors Sharon & Jim Van Loan, or manager Pat Lee host these nightly occasions. Guests can gather in the library to sip an aperitif, enjoy the evening's hors d'oeuvres and exchange stories of their day. A main dish of beef, fish, poultry, lamb, or pork follows with savory side dishes, fresh vegetables, and homemade bread. Oregon wines lend an agreeable accompaniment, and every meal is brought to a gracious conclusion with a tempting dessert made for the occasion.
Additional accommodation options are available including the Steamboat rental houses, Illahee Inn, and the Dogwood Motel. Please give us a call to discuss these venues.
Day 1: Arrive at your elected accommodations (not included), get settled in and prepare your gear for the following days fishing.
Days 2-4: Three full days of guided fishing.
Day 5: Depart lodge for home or points beyond.
"Steamboat Inn is fabulous and historic, highly recommended. Hospitality, food and drink are exceptional. Tony Wratney is an excellent guide and easy to get along with. He was prompt, professional and had good transportation. His vehicle is set up nicely for simple transportation of fly rods. The North Umpqua River requires some climbing up and down rocky, steep banks. Tony simplified this for us by carrying most of the equipment. Lunches were simple and delicious. He provided fresh bread, cold cuts, and the other amenities to make sandwiches as well as chips, cookies, and bottled drinks. The North Umpqua River is amazingly beautiful and provided plenty of eye-candy." M.G., PA
Winter Day trips: $550 per day for 1 or 2 anglers
Summer Day trips: $600 per day for 1 or 2 anglers
Steamboat Inn: Please call for custom quote
Included: Guided fishing, lunch, drinks, snacks
Not Included: Transportation, meals, fishing licenses and steelhead tag, guide gratuities, waders, boots
Note: Due to the challenging nature of the streambed and wading, spikes or studded boots are strongly recommended as are wading belts and staffs.
Species: Summer and Winter steelhead
Season: July to October, January to April
Capacity: 8 anglers
Map: Steamboat, Oregon