Fishing the North Umpqua is at once both ultimately challenging and therapeutically simple.
During the friendly summer months, one needs only a pair of cleats, a 10-foot rod for an 8- or 9-weight floating line, a 10-foot leader and a couple of flies. During the summer months, the down-and-across presentation with a wet fly or a waking fly is the preferred tactic.
In the winter months, substitute a sink tip or 30-foot sinking, shooting head for the floating line and keep an eye on the river levels.
Looking for a place to stay? The Steamboat Inn is perched on a bluff with a commanding view of the North Umpqua River. It features streamside cabins, hideaway cottages, river suites, campwater houses and a fine dining restaurant. Go to their web site.
Listed in order as you work downstream