North Umpqua River
So many visions arise when the words "North" and "Umpqua" come together. Emerald green water cascading down a steep old-growth studded basalt canyon. Cool, crisp, clean air with the hint of conifer and wild flower. Boulder and bedrock strewn runs and greasy tailouts. Obscure holding lies and pocket water. The North Umpqua offers some of the most technical, challenging and rewarding steelhead fly fishing in a 31 mile stretch of "fly-only" water.
The North Umpqua is home to a robust native run of wild summer steelhead. These wild steelhead begin showing strongly through July and continue until late fall.
The same pools and runs fished in the summer disappear during the winter months. Cloud covered skies, often wet and cold, big-green water and shorter days. With these changes comes a heavy-bodied wild winter steelhead, one of the healthiest winter runs in the Northwest. These steelhead show when the waters rise with substantial winter storms from January through March.
The North Umpqua is one of those special places that gets under your skin and stays with you.