Surprise Catch!

Spring Chinook and Summer Steelhead fishing on the McKenzie remains excellent. We were tagged out on Springers yesterday by 11:00 am with 4 adults and a Jack salmon to boot.

The much anticipated 2010 McKenzie River Spring Chinook - Summer Steelhead Runs have arrived!

We have enjoyed good fortune in hooking salmon and/or steelhead on all of our 2010 guided McKenzie and South Santiam trips. While not every fish has ended up in the net, we anticpate increasingly good numbers of fish in the boat as we move into the prime months of June and July.

Expect to hear: "FISH-ON GET THE NET!"

RFGS Newsletter - Spring/Summer - 2010

Dear Friends, Fishermen & Guests,

As fruit trees blossom and Daffodils &Tulips begin to adorn our local gardens, it is clear that spring is indeed upon us, perhaps a tad early this year. Thoughts of the outdoors, barbeques, and summer vacation plans begin to materialize. Clearly, it is none too early to plan a spring or summer fishing adventure down one Oregon’s majestic and pristine rivers. For 21 years now, I have had the privilege of living alongside the McKenzie River, one of Oregon’s precious gems. During late spring and early summer I focus my guiding activities specifically on the McKenzie and several other local tributaries in the Willamette system.

After two successive years of below average salmon returns, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is forecasting a bumper run of Spring Chinook salmon to return to the McKenzie and the entire Willamette system in 2010. ODFW is in fact predicting a run that will way more than double the total number of salmon which returned last year. Other fisheries professionals and academics are not only in agreement that this year‘s run will be much stronger, but some have even hinted at a potential record run. Regardless of specifics, the news is fantastic and to top it off, the 2010 McKenzie and Willamette Summer Steelhead run is also projected to be very strong.

As a fishing guide, this news is wonderful and definitely worth sharing with any potential guests and clientele. It certainly should translate to plenty of hook-ups and solid action through the season. Typically, the months of June and July offer the best local opportunity for salmon and steelhead. Because the fish have begun migrating earlier than usual this year, we may well have some decent local fishing in mid to late May. The McKenzie also offers a great opportunity for summer trout fishing to complement the splendid scenery. Supplemental plantings of hatchery trout mixed in with the natives, help to insure some exciting moments on these feisty scrappers, even for a first-time fly fisher. For a group trip, I network with other qualified guides for outings requiring multiple boats.

Whether your objective is to enjoy a scenic day on the river, land your first trout on a fly, bring home a succulent Spring Chinook for the BBQ, or experience the adrenaline rush of a tail-walking McKenzie River Steelhead, Roaring Fork Guide Service will make every effort to make your wish a reality. If you have been considering a summer fishing adventure but just haven’t got around to booking a trip, the time for procrastination is over. Please, pick up the phone and give me call or just shoot me an email. Do not miss this opportunity. I have lived on this river long enough to know that excellent runs of fish do not occur annually and are indeed a blessing. After 25 years of fishing the McKenzie River, we generally tend to do quite well, even in the poor years. I therefore anticipate some phenomenal days this season! For more information please visit our website at:

I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing you soon.

John Gross - Roaring Fork Guide Service - Cell # 541-912-8899

McKenzie River Spring Chinook Run Forecasted to be Excellent

2010 McKenzie River Spring Chinook - Summer Steelhead Fishing should produce some PHENOMINAL days!

Salmon and steelhead fishing on Oregon's Mckenzie River and on the entire Willamette System is predicted to be outstanding this season. We did generally very well last season in a slow season. We can only imagine what it's going to be like this year!

Springers are now adding to the mix of wonderful wild Steelhead on the North Umpqua

RFGS guide John Gross admires his guest Al's first steelhead just prior to release

We have entered the final stretch for winter steelhead fishing on most of our coastal streams. A few select rivers offer prolonged opportunity for some continued steelhead fishing beyond the general March 31st cutoff. Numerous rivers and sections of some rivers remain open to steelhead fishing year-round. The Rogue, the Umpqua, and the Siletz fall into this category. The Whitaker Run on the Siuslaw remains open through April 15, while the South Fork of the Coquille stays open through April 30. Winter steelhead fishing on the Siuslaw however, has slowed considerably.

Fly Fishing the Upper McKenzie River

Fly Fishing the Upper McKenzie River

While working the crystal clear waters of the upper McKenzie......suddenly the all so familiar cry rings out....FISH-ON!