Rogue River Lodge to Lodge Drift Boat Fishing Trips
he Rogue River is an iconic American classic, one of the world's great wilderness trips, a founding member of the National Wild and Scenic River System, and a river with such a grand reputation that in some circles it is simply known as “the Canyon”. Our lodge to lodge drift boat fishing trip is a unique combination of this world-class canyon, whitewater, historic river craft, wilderness lodging, and a long tradition of steelhead fly fishing. There is no trip quite like it in the continental U.S – it is a unique wilderness experience and perfect for all fishing abilities.
The Rogue River begins in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness and Crater Lake National Park. It flows south west through the Cascades and then touches civilization near the town of Grants Pass. We begin our trip just downstream as the river plunges into the rugged and remote Siskiyou Mountains. Here it becomes a stunning wilderness playground that is home to a staggering amount of wildlife and the famous Rogue “Half Pounder”. There are narrow canyons of polished rock, cool grotto’s draped in ferns, heavily forested hillsides, big sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, and hikes up tumbling side streams. It is common to see bald eagles, osprey, otter, and black bear.
Our fishing season runs from late August through mid-November and we fish primarily for summer run Fall Chinook Salmon and the famous Rogue River “half-pounder”. These “super charged trout” are sexually immature steelhead ranging from 14 to 24 inches, with some larger fish up to ten pounds. They are small but extremely active and aggressive – making them very fun to catch.
We fish from rigid McKenzie style drift boats. These classic and elegant boats were invented in the area and are an icon of the Rogue’s old west history and heritage. There is something very unique, very beautiful, and very powerful about effortlessly slipping through currents, rapids, and drops in a drift boat. The whitewater itself is another highlight of the trip and there are over 80 rapids that are fun and exciting yet safe - it is definitely a whitewater fishing trip.
Each boat will have one guide and two passengers and the style of fishing makes it perfect for first-timers, mixed groups of beginners and long time anglers, and for anyone wanting a unique wilderness fishing experience. For those who are interested we will offer fly casting lessons and tips at lunch and fly tying demonstrations in the evening. There will also be opportunities to hike some of the beautiful side streams and historic trails.
The availability of lodges is a unique aspect of the Rogue River. There are very few places in the world with a down river system of remote riverside lodges only accessible by boat or small plane. It allows for the amazing experience of true wilderness adventure capped off by comfortable and cozy evenings in a remote lodge steeped in pioneer history. In each room you’ll find beds made up with fresh linens, bathrooms stocked with plenty of towels and hot water for showers. Meals are served family style in a dining room or on the deck. Evenings are spent relaxing with a glass of wine or beer, fishing at the river’s edge, or enjoying the peace and quiet of a deck chair and a good book. Because of the lodges these trips are also a perfect introduction to overnight wilderness trips and are wonderful for those who are nervous about camping.
What Makes Momentum Rogue Lodge to Lodge Fishing Trips Unique?
Our guides and customer service: Momentum River Expeditions is known for having some of the best guides anywhere and amazing customer service and it continues with our fishing trips. There is a 100+ years of combined fishing history between our guides and the Fly Water Travel team. Find out more >>
A more active and interactive trip. There are optional fly casting lessons in the boats and at lunches, fly tying demonstrations in the evening, and hiking options.
The trip is ideal for people with a wide range of skill levels, including first time anglers.
Some meals are prepared by the lodges and some are prepared by us. We are known for our food and our meals feature local and organic produce and products.
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We are proud to operate under
Special Use Permits granted to us by the Oregon Marine Board,
the Bureau of Land Management - Klamath
Falls Resource Area and Vale
District - and The U.S. Forest Service - Klamath
National Forests Happy Camp District. We are an equal opportunity
recreation service provider. All trips operate on a non-discriminatory