We made it to Oregon! The drive through Shasta was so sad as the water level was basically non existent!!! Californians, try to save water!!! :( I’m so glad to have Sam, he drove most of the way without complaining :).
We stopped by redding at a restaurant called SAVORY SPOON for Sunday brunch. Definitely a hipster vege friendly place :) then drove through Medford to Arrive at the town of SHADY COVE, known for it’s FISHING! We found a nice campground by the rogue river for $18/ night. ROGUE ELK CAMPGROUND. Muchhhhh nicer than the trashy rv park we almost parked at before. It is amazing waking up to the sound of the river flowing and fish splashing. So the next morning we tried fishing at this campground. But we were noobs. So went into town to the FISHING HOLE to learn more about fishing. Apparently September is “fly only” season and is really good for catching steelhead trout and salmon because they are all swimming upstream trying to spawn right now. So we bought some flies, nymphs, salmon egg-like hooks, bobbers, and fishing line. Basically dropped $50 on fishing supplies on the hopes that we would catch fish. We also spent $30 each person for a 2 day angling license. Big expenses!
So the bait guy told us to go to the hatchery at the top. Because all the salmon are swimming there now. He said it was “easy” to catch fish there! Well we went, stayed in the sun the whole day, saw the fish jump up in the air in front of us, but NO FISH FOR US!!! What teasers!!! 😿in the afternoon, we went to Casey park to fish, just a little downstream from the hatchery. Again, saw the fish jumping in the air, like they wanted to be seen and caught. But nope, we didn’t catch anything. EXCEPT Sam walked waist deep to the middle of the freezing river to get something white at the bottom of the river. When he dragged it back up to shore, I was so surprised!!!! SALMON THAT WAS 3 feet long and probably 35 pounds!!!!! DINNER!!!!! ok, the fish was dead, but the bottom of the river is like a freezer! Plus when we opened it up the meat looked good. And it had salmon roe eggs!
The guy next to us caught baby fish and was very friendly! He told us he was originally from San Diego and owns a BBQ shop. He gave us fishing tips and told us what to do in Oregon. He even offered us a ride in his boat down the river if his friend hadn’t arrived this week. So anyway, I wouldn’t say the whole day was wasted…… It was fun and relaxing. Though I would admit a little frustrating :) we eventually had a wonderful dinner of fresh salmon and rice. I would say it was a good day.