Wild and Scenic Rogue River Steelhead Trips Pacific Northwest

Designated as one of the eight original Wild and Scenic Rivers in the United States in 1968, the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue is a classic American multi-day float. The river's expansive views and deep cut canyons are home to summer and winter steelhead as well as some of the most diverse flora and fauna in Oregon, with regular sightings of blacktail deer, otters, beavers, eagles, osprey, mink, bears, and a large variety of birds. In addition to anadromous fish, the Rogue is home to some of Oregon’s most famed whitewater rapids such as Coffee Pot and Blossom Bar. Ultimately the Rogue Canyon is far more than a fishing trip, it is a classic western experience perfect for anglers and adventure seekers alike.

To experience this wondrous venue, we've teamed up with James and Kait Sampsel of Humble Heron Fly Fishing and Momentum River Expeditions to offer anglers the best of the Rogue River Canyon. The Sampsel's are focusing on targeting the Rogue's summer run steelhead on both lodge-to-lodge trips and camp trips. On lodge-to-lodge trips, guests will stay at a different riverside wilderness lodge each night of the trip. Camp trips are comfortable, innovative and are designed to position hard-charging anglers on prime steelhead runs each morning and evening of their trip.

The Rogue River is located in southern Oregon, beginning on the western flank of Crater Lake. It travels southwest for 215 miles eventually reaching the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach Oregon.

Wild and Scenic Rogue River Fishing Program:
Multi-day float trips on the Rogue focus on targeting summer run steelhead. The Rogue is known for her special runs of half-pounders, a juvenile steelhead ranging from 14 to 20-inches in length. Mixed in with the half-pounders are adult steelhead in the 3 to 10-pound range.

Anglers will have the option of fishing out of the boat or while wading. Swinging flies using both floating lines and sinking lines is the norm. Two-handed rods are the preferred method for wade-fishing, but single hand rods will be used when fishing from the boat.

James and Kait Sampsel of Humble Heron Fly Fishing will be your hosts and guides along with Stuart Warren and Tom Mahan who are some of the most knowledgeable fly fishing guides on the Rogue. Each are expert whitewater boaters and their dedication to instruction and education will leave you with many new tools to add to your angling arsenal. All of the guides on these trips take pride in connecting with their guests, ensuring your time spent on the river is memorable.

Lodge-to-Lodge Trips:
Lodge-to-lodge trips suit those that want to do less wading and more fishing out of the boat on their trip. Lodge-to-lodge trips have a more even pace due to the quantity and quality of boat-based fishing water throughout the float.

On lodge-to-lodge trips, guests will stay at three distinct privately-owned riversides lodges. These lodges are rustic and cater to multiple parties at once. Guests will either stay in double occupancy cabins or in lodge rooms that sleep two to four guests, all with attached bathrooms. All rooms have electricity and heat but lack Wifi and cell service. All lodges serve family style meals at large dining tables. Each lodge has their own version of homestyle cooking and can accommodate dietary restrictions if known in advance. Below is a quick overview of the lodges.

Black Bar (night 1):
Black Bar is a rustic lodge that is only accessible by boat or by trail – it is simple yet comfortable and brimming with pioneer history. The lodge offers comfortable cabins with linens, beds and private bathrooms with hot showers.

Marial Lodge (night 2):
This is a great homestyle lodge where the owners make everyone feel right at home and cook guests a huge country-style dinner. This lodge overlooks the river and has a creek running through their property.

Illahe Lodge (night 3):
Illahe was built in the late 1930s on a beautiful piece of property on the edge of a wilderness area. They have a huge garden, farm to table dinners, a great view and a rich history.

Camp Trips:
The camp trips are designed for guests interested in classic down-and-across swing fishing for steelhead. These trips position anglers on the most productive and classic wade-fishing runs in the canyon. Swing water becomes more plentiful in the lower sections of this trip, so your guides will slow down to fish harder and travel less as wading options increase. Anglers will have the opportunity to do some boat-based fishing in the first half of the float as well as in between wading spots.

Camp trip meals are homemade, diverse, and delicious. Whenever possible, the outfitters use local and organic produce and free-range meats. Breakfasts are hearty and served in camp. Staples such as bacon, eggs, pancakes, fruit, coffee and tea are the norm. Lunches are served streamside by your guide during a midday break from fishing. Each evening guests will arrive at a fully set-up camp with appetizers waiting for them. This is followed by a delicious dinner and dessert. Any dietary and food restrictions can be accommodated, and your guides enjoy making special plans for anniversaries, birthdays or any special occasion.

Camps consist of large two-person walk-in tents with cots, pads, nightstands and lamps. There is a large dining tent where meals are taken and prepared. Your guides will also set up a secluded outhouse tent as well as hand washing stations.

Sample Itinerary:
Day 1: The trip starts near Grants Pass, Oregon at the Galice Resort, located along the banks of the Rogue River where you start a full day of fishing (lunch is served on this day).
Days 2 - 3: Full days of guided fishing with all meals and riverside/lodge accommodations included.
Day 4: After fishing/lunch on the 4th day, depart for home or points beyond.


2020 Rate: $2,300 per person for a 3 night/4 day package based on 2-6 anglers

Included: On the water meals and accommodation, guided fishing, fishing tackle, camp gear, dry bags

Not Included: Alcohol, waders/boots, fishing licenses, sleeping bags, guide gratuities, vehicle shuttle, personal items


Species:  Summer steelhead

Season:  September - November

Capacity: 6 anglers

Map:  Galice, OR

Oregon is in the Pacific Standard Time zone (PST)

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