New old guy needs advice

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graywolf

New member
Hello, this is my first post and I asking for advice/help. I am 79 year old who only fishes once every 3-5 years when I go on a vacation near the water. Well in March my wife and I are going to visit friends in the Roseburg area, the live right near the South Fork of the Umpqua River. I got a nice packet from the Fish and Game Dept. I have a nice spinning rod and reel and a bait casting reel and quit a few lures etc. I would like to try fly fishing with the spinning rod and set it up with a clear float. My question is this, where is a nice area(bank fishing) close to Roseburgh, where an old guy can have a lawn chair, coffee and enjoy the outdoors and fish. Thank you very much for you help. Cutting back on my archery shooting and need some other activities to keep me out of trouble.
 

Raincatcher

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Welcome to the forum! I haven't been to the area in quite a while, but it seems like there is a park on the water. Check one of my favorite sites for tons of info, just click on lakes & and rivers at the top of the page. www.boatescape.com is one of the best sites, I think.
ps
I hope @Throbbit_Shane responds to this.
 

GaryP1958

Active member
Well you can fish behind the casino in Canyonville and walk over to the Buffet and have breakfast or lunch or a cocktail!:thumb:
 

graywolf

New member
Well, we will stay at the Seven Feathers Casino(don't know if that the one your referring to)But I hope to catch more then a few fish there after dark.:D
 

DrTheopolis

Well-known member
But I hope to catch more then a few fish there after dark.
Oh, you will. The table games often shut down pretty early on weeknights, from what I remember (used to stay there while doing a job in the area -- cheap rooms in thew winter season).

You can probably forget the clear float -- the South Umpqua can run pretty dirty that time of year, and you probably won't be able to see a clear one well. Maybe do some research on using a jig under a foam float -- money setup for winter steel.
 

graywolf

New member
Thanks for your replies. Looking forward to a few trips up your way but for now, enjoying the rain and trying to stay warm.
 

eat sleep fish

Active member
One of the best spots is directly behind 7 Feathers Casino right by the bridge. You can fish on either side and there will be plenty of room for a chair.

If you're using a spinning setup I would recommend the same thing as DrTheopolis. Jigs under a bobber work really well in that area.
 

graywolf

New member
One of the best spots is directly behind 7 Feathers Casino right by the bridge. You can fish on either side and there will be plenty of room for a chair.

If you're using a spinning setup I would recommend the same thing as DrTheopolis. Jigs under a bobber work really well in that area.
That sounds good. The program should be that while I am fishing my wife is in the Casino winning enough to buy me a nice Bass boat.
 

graywolf

New member
Thank you for your replies. Reading the Oregon fishing rules I see that the season is closed for trout until May 22 on the South Umpqua River. I going to be there the end of April, is there anything open during this time period in the River? I should say I don't care what I catch and release anything I do catch. I spent most of the day crimping down all the barbs on my hooks and lures.I do try to research my questions before I post.
 

Hawk

Well-known member
If you can't fish in the river, there is a pond in Canyonville. It's on the left side going out of town, on the road going toward Tiller.

You used to be able to catch & release a few nice bass or crappie/perch. I don't know what is happening there now. Plenty of space there to eat your breakfast & enjoy some coffee.....:)

Best of Luck to you.

ENjoy.
 

eat sleep fish

Active member
In your original post you said end of March. If that's your timing then you'll be there when it's open for steelhead just like we all mentioned. If it's the end of April you'll probably have to drive to the reservoir just outside of town, or to the mainstem below Roseburg to fish for springers.
 

graywolf

New member
well I made my 4 day trip to Oregon. We stayed at the Seven Feathers Hotel Casino and had a very good time. The river seemed to be moving fast so I did not try fishing there, we then went to Ben Irving Reservoir. I did not do any good although the folks next to me got two trout. Looking forward to going back in Oct. One of my problems were ling tangle on my spinning rod, some folks had recommended closing the bail by hand which I did BUT after the line was in the water. When I got home I read to close bail JUST prior to you bait hitting the water. Going to Bass Pro Shop to have then check my spinning reel and put on some braided line. My wife keeps bugging me to buy a better reel, (what a wife, but then we been married 59 years) Thanks for your help and suggestions.
Joe
 
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