Rogue fly-casters plan Applegate River outing

The Medford-based Rogue FlyFishers Association will hold a winter steelhead fishing outing Saturday on the Applegate River.

Participants will meet at 7 a.m. at Cantrall-Buckley Park near the intersection of Highway 238 and Hamilton Road.

Participants will fan out from there after coffee and a morning briefing.

The club had a similar outing on the Applegate last year.

The Applegate provides one of the region's best fly-fishing opportunities for winter steelhead, which normally aren't the targets of fly-casters in the Pacific Northwest. The relatively low flows on the Applegate make it wadeable and fishable with nymphs, egg patterns or streamers.

The river is closed to fishing from a floating device. Anglers can keep two hatchery winter steelhead a day, and all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. The river is open to angling through March. (Correction: The end date of the season has been corrected in this story.)

Anglers will learn how to make the best of snowy and icy conditions to catch trout at the Family Ice Fishing Workshop set for March 8 on Diamond Lake in eastern Douglas County.

Mark Newell, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's outdoor skills coordinator, says ice fishing can be a great winter activity for the whole family — particularly kids, who can simply play in the snow when the action gets slow.

Participants in the workshop will learn all the ice fishing basics — safety on the ice, appropriate gear and how to use it, and how to care for and clean their catch.

The cost of the workshop is $52 per adult and $12 per child younger than 18. The fee includes the use of equipment and instruction.

Lunch is not included.

Children younger than 13 do not need a fishing license, but adults must have a valid Oregon fishing license and 14- to 17-year-olds will need an Oregon juvenile angling license. Minors must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Be prepared for cold weather, dress in warm layers, and don't forget a hat and gloves and warm, waterproof boots.

To register, see the ODFW's licensing website at then click on "Outdoor Skills Workshops."

For more information, contact Mark Newell 503-947-6018 or

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or

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