Guided salmon and steelhead fishing on Southern Oregon's Rogue, Umpqua and Chetco

Rob and His Wife Estee Came to the Rogue River for Some "Springers" and They Got Some Beauties!

Rob and his wife Estee unfortunately started their day of fishing off like many anglers do all across the Pacific Northwest. When they pulled out a couple bananas from their lunch bag we didn't panic, we got rid of them properly and got back to fishing. Within 5 minutes of discarding the "un-lucky" fishing fruit, Estee's plug rod slammed down but unfortunately popped back up. (For those of you who don't know, bananas are bad luck to bring on boats.)
Rob and Estee both picked up the hands-on technique of back-bouncing exceptionally well; they were eager on setting the hook on anything that felt funny to them. They made sure to keep their line tight and stay focused on their weight bouncing up and down on the rugged river bottom. Two of the funny things that they felt were biting salmon, and they did a great job on getting hard hook sets on both of their fish. You can see the results below!

(Bringing bananas DOES NOT increase your odds despite the great day that Rob and Estee had.)

Rob's salmon was a wild Chinook that inhaled both hooks. You can see them in the photo below if you look close. It's important that if you catch a salmon or steelhead that has inhaled the hooks and has to be released, that you cut the line as close to the hooks as you can and release the fish. Don't try to dig your pliers deep into the salmon's mouth or gills. It's certain death if a salmon's gills are damaged at all by ripping hooks from their throat. It's much better to tie a new leader then have a beautiful wild fish bleed to death a few hours after releasing it.

Thanks again you guys and great job! You definitely defied the odds and earned your fish.
 Hope to see you again soon!
"Springer" fishing is a numbers game. When you're bouncing a piece of led and bait on the river bottom, you're sure to run into rocks, branches, debris, and more importantly..biting salmon! If you set the hook on anything that feels funny to you, maybe a bit on tension, a wiggle, a shake or a full on bite, you're only increasing your odds of catching fish. Anything that doesn't feel like the bottom should be treated like a fish, you should thumb down on your spool and set the hook hard. Don't be shy or bashful, salmon have very hard mouths and a hard hook set is key. People who set hooks hard are people who get fish to the net. Look at it this way, you have about 8 hours on average to be on the river.. hook sets are free, so use them up. You won't regret it!
My guests do all the fishing while I hold the drift boat over the salmon. It's a very rewarding technique for the avid or beginner angler because you catch your fish.  I encourage my guests to stay patient, focused and always assume there's a fish behind their bait getting ready to bite at any second. Anglers should be prepared to bounce led through a river bottom that IS NOT flat, there are craters, crevices, holes, seams, and sand. That's why back-bouncing is such an effective technique, you can bounce bait deep through the heart of major migration routes that fish move through. Anglers need to use their led like under-water eyes, feeling everything through the tip of their rod and down through their finger tips. You need to imagine what's going on underneath the surface. Get used to what it feels like when you bounce your weight up and down, on and off the river bottom. Sooner or later you'll that distinct tug.

If you're looking for a real-deal fishing trip then lets go target some Springers in June or July on the upper Rogue River. It's a HOT time of the year and there are also Summer Steelhead making their way into the hatchery during those months too. Don't miss out and book today. Early morning starts are still paying off best for us!

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