MAPLE RIDGE – This pool is located right at the Steamboat Inn and is named for the ridge on which the Inn is built.
JEANNE’S POOL – This pool is located just downstream from the Steamboat Inn and is named after Jeanne Moore, who along with her husband Frank, built and ran the Inn for many years. Jeanne is an avid botanist and has worked to identify and preserve many rare plant species in the Umpqua drainage.
TAKAHASHI – This pool is named after Zane Grey’s camp cook, who travelled with him for many years. Takahashi cleared the streamside brush from the pool and reportedly was the first of their group to hook a fish here. There is an upper and lower, separated by a significant rapid. Unfortunately, upper Takahashi has changed significantly over the years and is not as productive as it used to be. Many still fish it as a matter of habit, courtesy and good memories.
KNOUSE POOL – This pool is named after the late Stan Knouse who fished the North Umpqua for many years. If you look carefully, you will find a plaque here mounted on a streamside rock in his memory. Stan was an exceptional fly tyer and you can see some of his work on the wall in the Steamboat Inn.
The following pools are not on the map at the top of the page.
LEDGES – This pool gets its name from its epic structure. It has a unique spine that runs up the middle of its lower section.
TREE POOL – This pool got its name from a long-gone streamside tree that was very distinctive. Long-time Umpqua fisherman, the late Don Zupan, hooked his last Umpqua steelhead here. It jumped 11 times and was witnessed!
FISHER CREEK – This pool is at the mouth of Fisher Creek which is the site of Zane Grey’s camp. There is a sign and a foot bridge on the trail side of the river.
POT HOLE – This pool is sometimes, mistakenly, called Pot of Gold. When you see it you will know it got its name. It is not much more than a pothole, but has produced some of the most heart-stopping dry-fly takes on the river.
WILLIAM’S CREEK – This pool is at the mouth of William’s creek and consists of an upper and a lower.
BEND POOL – This pool is located on a large sweeping bend in the river. It is very long with a nice channel in the tailout and a sandy beach.
LOG POOL – The Log Pool was named for a huge log that used to reside on the bank here. This pool can put your chest waders to the test!
DISCOVERY – Discovery consists of an upper and lower. It is riffly and requires a roll cast from under the alders.
SPLIT ROCK – Named for the large split in the basalt formation in the center of the pool, it is a deep pool but the fish will come all the way to the surface!
LORI’S RUN – This pool is riffly and the fish, after being hooked, usually leave the pool running downstream. There are some exposed rocks around which they will likely wrap your fly line.
BURNHAM – Named after the late Fred Burnham who was one of the early Umpqua masters. He showed Zane Grey how to fish the Umpqua. This pool consists of an upper and a lower. Lower Burnham requires a treacherous wade to reach the preferred casting spot and has been the site of many epic swims.
LEANING TREE – Named for the tree that used to lean into the pool, this pool is a good spot to practice your roll casting.
PULPIT – This pool has some very interesting rock formations along the bank. One of the basalt formations rises and appears as a stone pulpit.
ARCHIE CREEK – Consisting of upper Archie creek and lower Archie creek this is one of the most popular stretches of the river. Upper Archie has a classic Umpqua glassy tailout. Lower Archie is more challenging, before the bank side alders grew up people tested their skills from “the rock” from which it is a 103 foot cast to the spine in the tail in front of which the fish suspend in the water column.
OKIE POOL – Named for a long-time visitor to the Steamboat Inn. This is an innocuous-looking slow stretch of the river.
REEF – Here a ledge stretches nearly across the river, resembling in shape an oceanic reef.
COLEMAN – Here there is a large rock island that is a chest deep wade, or a swim in higher flow, from which you can cast to a glassy tail out that is split in half by a large rock structure.
McDONALD – This pool gets its name from the McDonald homestead site that can be reached via a 3-mile hike up McDonald trail. This pool tests your roll-casting and fish-spotting skills.
COUGAR CREEK – This pool gets its name from the creek that enters from the “river left” bank.
BOGUS – Named for Bogus creek this is a rafting put in site and fish holder that is located across the highway from Bogus campground.
TEN PULL – Named for where the fish hold in the winter: a shooting head and ten pulls out.
RATTLESNAKE – This pools has a classic, glassy tail-out and smooth currents, where you can get a perfect drift through the bucket.
WRIGHT CREEK – Named for Wright creek, which comes in from “river left.” This is a shallow tail-out that is best covered by a well-executed “switch” cast.
MILLIONAIRE’S – Sometimes called ‘my pool’, It is unclear where this pool got its name. It’s a swirly affair that tends to hold fish only in low water