Umpqua River: Top Salmon Fly Fishing River

The Umpqua River blackberries are hard to cut thru sometimes when you are trying to get to that perfect fishing spot.

Fishing throughout the Umpqua watershed and its many lakes, rivers and inlets has always been great.

But by understanding the Evening Fishing Secret has taken fishing here and everywhere to a different level.

I remember some of the best secret spots I had on the Umpqua River were hard to get to.

But that's why I was always successful an filling my limit.

Fly fishing along the Umpqua River is a year around adventure.

With the different seasons come different fishing opportunities.

Young salmon called "springers" run about April untill about June.

Then the big boys come to play, the "Fall Chinook" and they're short season is from August to October.

Then in December comes the "Winter Steelhead" and runs thru April.

Ahh, spring is in the air, and starting in May the "Summer Steelhead" are running until September.

And if that is not enough "Bass Fishing" is hot year around.

Most people wade out to the rocks in the river and are able to Fly Fish the clear fast moving water easier.

But you must be carefull not to fall into the holes in the river rock bottom.

I don't know how all those holes formed in the river bed many years ago, All I know is the the crawdads love hiding in them.

Some stretches of the River you can fish with spinner lures or bait.

My favorite spinner was a yellow with black spots Rooster Tail.

My favorite bait was those crawdads in the river bed holes.

They were easy to catch, I just put my net behind them and move my hand in front of them and since they swim backwards the swim right into my net.

You break off the tail dish out the meat throw it on a hook and with a small weight dip it into all the little water falls throught the Umpqua River and "Bam" fish on.

Trying their skills at catching some of the biggest salmon and silvers that live in this fisherman’s paradise.

The Umpqua River Valley is so vast that you may want to take a compass or follow well worn paths to make sure you do not get lost. When you choose this area for your vacation, you can choose to camp out.

There are many campgrounds that are in the heart of some of the greatest areas to catch salmon.

Camping out is always fun and you can get one on one with nature.

If you hike the Mott Trail, you will be able to find spots that are less crowded and quieter for your fishing.

This is nature at its best and you will be feeling so stress free by the time your vacation is over that you more than likely will not want to go home.

Let’s go to the North Umpqua River and you can take a trip from one to three days to go to the rapids.

If you are a thrill seeker, you have come to the right place.

Spring is the best time to take on the whitewater drops with names like Cardiac Arrest and Pinball.

This twelve mile run is one of the best you will find for whitewater rafting.

If you are not quite sure the wild side of rafting is for you, summer and early fall trips are more sedate.

This may be more your style. While here, you should take in the waterfall sights such as Toketee Falls and Watson Falls.

Stay at the Steamboat Inn, boasting a spectacular scenic setting and a wide range of food.

If you are into lighthouses, there are some spectacular one's in the Umpqua area.

One in particular has quite an interesting story to tell. The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is a mile out from the shoreline.

When workers built this lighthouse they had to take out 30 feet of rock to have a surface that would hold the lighthouse.

It took two years to finish this lighthouse and the life of one man was lost.

When this lighthouse was being completed, a ship was heard approaching one night.

Since the lighthouse was not operational, the workers sent out burning driftwood to warn the crew of an English ship, Laputa.

The next morning this ship was found with 16 people dead after it had struck the mainland.

Closed down because of the treacherous waters surrounding it, the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is now a cemetery.

The interest surrounding many Umpqua river sights will be the highlight of your trip.

One of the most beautiful lighthouses on the Oregon coast is 3 miles south of

Reedsport at the mouth of the Umpqua River, it sits high above a huge sand dune just outside Winchester Bay which was my playground as I was growing up.

Florence is about 17 miles north of reedsport with many lakes in between. Most of the lakes are small like Carter Lake and Elbow Lake, Some of them are large like Tackenich Lake and Siltcoos Lake and Woahink Lake (you can catch a sea plan ride here).

South of Florence is a must see attraction named the sea Lion Caves.

Autumn in Oregon is my favorit time of year to be outdoors, With all the leaves changing to colors of bright orange and red's.

The forest seem's to expolde into a spectacular display of multi colors that only nature can create.

The whole Umpqua River vally and watershed area is very vast, and in itself could take years to fully explore.

All it's hidden gem's are not easy to find so I will do my best for you.

But one thing is for sure as I have traveled many other places around Europe and Central America.

There is no more better place to call home than the Umpqua River Basin.

Many people use an RV to camp up and down the Oregon Rivers and along the ocean.

The summertime is the most busy with RV'rs coming from every state in the nation.

The Umpqua River has so many places to camp it's hard to list them all.

Camping In A RV – A Good Vacation Option For Your Family

By Alan Wiener


Have you ever been camping in an RV?  According to the RVIA (Recreation Vehicle Industry Association) almost one in 12 vehicle owning households in the U.S. can answer yes to this question.  If you answered No to this question, then stick around, this article is meant for you.


If you are like most people you lead a very hectic life.   You feel like you are working harder now than you ever have in your life.  The end result is you have less leisure time to spend with your family.  So, once it is time for your vacation you are ready to get away from it all, relax and spend quality time with your family.


Going camping in an RV is an option you should consider for your next vacation.  The reason is simple, it will allow you to slow down and unwind.  When you go RVing you don’t have to worry about missing a flight, losing your luggage or renting a car.  You do not even have to worry about unpacking your luggage as everything you need is already in the RV


Our family has been enjoying the RV lifestyle for 35 years.  Six RVs later we are still enjoying every RV adventure we go on now as if it were our first trip. Today we have the advantage of taking our grandkids camping with us, and yes, even our 3 grown children and their families still love tagging along.


Don't get me wrong: we have gone on vacations where we flew to our destinations, because of time constraints. We have even flown over the Grand Canyon a couple of times on commercial airliners. The pilots were always kind enough to point out that if we looked out the windows, we could see the Grand Canyon, and I have to admit it looked pretty good from 35,000 feet.  But it wasn’t until we actually drove an RV into the Grand Canyon National Park and looked over the rim and saw it from ground level, that we realized its true grandeur.


An RV is a vacation home on wheels. One day you are in the mountains; the next day you could be at the beach. Try that with a vacation home.  RVs come in all shapes and sizes.  If you are looking for accommodations similar to some of the best hotel suites in the world you may want to look at a Class A Motorhome or Fifth wheel trailer.  If you want a more rustic experience, you might want to look at a Tent Trailer.


Regardless of which type of RV you choose, you may find that vacationing in an RV provides more time to relax and bond with your family.  Getting to your destination is half the fun while RVing,.  You will be surprised by some of the interesting places you run into along the way.  Seeing all of this at ground level makes a difference too.


I hope this article has piqued your interest in taking your family on a RV Vacation Adventure.  I am sure that you have many questions.  The internet is a great resource to get those RV questions answered.  There are RVing websites and RVing Blogs that have information on Everything About RVing, the Types of RVs available to both rent and buy and tips on what to see and do along the way.


I can honestly say that my worst RV vacation was still better than my best traditional vacation.  The memories of our RV camping trips will last us a lifetime.

Driving about 13 miles east from the coastal town of Reedsport along Umpqua River on Hwy 30 there is a road on the right side that says Loon Lake.

If you take that road about 9 miles up a well maintained but winding road you come to loon Lake.

Loon Lake is very busy in the summer but dead quiet in the winter time.

If you head back towards the main hwy 38 that whole 9 miles is fantastic trout and bass fishing.

Remember my two favorite lures ?

Rooster Tail spinner and crawdad tails both work great here.

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