The Upper Rogue is a steelhead river for everyone as it lends itself perfectly to many techniques. Whether a two-handed spey caster wishing to swing flies, or an indicator fisherman hoping to stay in the boat, the Rogue has something for everyone. Recently, we helped create Hoot Owl, a turnkey package on the upper Rogue, which includes meals, guiding and accommodations. Hoot Owl offers a great private put-in, good home waters in front of the accommodations and comfortable lodging where our preferred guides meet and greet anglers. The Hoot Owl property, located upstream of Trail, Oregon has a great little cabin for two anglers as well as a larger house for groups of up to six and is perfect for anglers seeking a simple place to target the Upper Rogue’s summer and winter steelhead.
Approximately 5 miles upstream of the community of Trail, OR.
The fishing techniques here are diverse and dependent on the preferences of the angler. There are many great runs to swing a spey rod while wading. Conversely, the indicator fishing out of the boat can be a great tactic for many. Our preferred guides, Paul McDonald and Stuart Warren, are hardworking individuals who pride themselves on giving each guest their best no matter what technique they decide to employ. In the summer months anglers will often cast a floating line and traditional fly down and across. If fishing out of the boat with indicators is more your style, plan on tossing a two-fly rig. In the winter, heavier sink tips are required while swinging due to the higher flows and colder waters. Many times the same indicator tactics used in summer can take winter steelhead as well. Guides have their choice of multiple floats and employ either rafts or drift boats to drift the river.
Accommodations and Meals:
The Hoot Owl property consists of a small cabin and larger home.
The small cabin provides a comfortable base for a group of two anglers with a full kitchen, a full sized bed and loft with twin beds. On arrival day, guests will arrive after 4:00PM and get settled. Dinner this night will be independently arranged. There are several restaurants in Shady Cove, or guests are free to bring along something to cook in the kitchen. A guide will meet you in the morning of your first day of fishing and provide a breakfast before you start your day. Lunch will be served on river. After the fishing day, the guide will return anglers to the cabin and cook a nice dinner. This schedule will continue for as many days as the stay. On the departing day, breakfast will be independently arranged and guests will check out by 11:00AM.
For groups up to six anglers, the larger house will accommodate four guests and two will sleep in the cabin. The larger house has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other room has three twin beds, a full kitchen, two baths and a fantastic large wrap around deck that overlooks the river. The same schedule will apply for all group sizes.
Day 1: Check in at Hoot Owl Lodge after 4PM. Dinner independently arranged.
Day 2 - 4: Your guide will meet you in the morning, cook breakfast, then depart for the day of guided fishing with lunch on the river. Dinner provided upon return to the lodge.
Day 5: Check out of Hoot Owl Lodge before 11AM. Breakfast independently arranged.
2019 Rate: $2,250 per person for a 4 night/3 day package
Included: Accommodations, meals on guided days, guided fishing, rods/reels, flies and/or terminal tackle.
Not Included: Transportation to/from the lodge, waders/boots, meals on arrival and departure days, alcohol and gratuities.
Note: two angler minimum, custom length packages available upon request.
Species: Steelhead, Cutthroat and Rainbow trout
Season: June - April
Capacity: 6 anglers
Map: Trail, OR