Aspen Ridge Ranch  |  Fly fishing  | Southern Oregon  |  Upper Williamson River

Friday, Aug 01, 2014  

New! Peak Season Drop-ins

Sign up to be notified when the hatch begins and when conditions are ideal. We will offer a limited number of fishers the opportunity to come on unscheduled trips at peak times.
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The Upper Williamson River sleeps under winter snow. Click for photo gallery.





The story of Aspen Ridge Ranch
in words and pictures.




The Upper Williamson River and Aspen Ridge Ranch featured in Northwest Flyfishing Magazine.



Flyfishing article

Aspen Ridge Ranch featured in
The Source Weekly, Bend, Oregon  Read Article



Aspen Ridge Ranch offers private flyfishing on Southern Oregon's famous Upper Williamson River. If it's a one-of-a-kind flyfishing experience you are searching for then look no further than the black drake hatch at the beautiful Aspen Ridge Ranch. The Upper Williamson River meanders for a couple miles though the Ranch and is teeming with native red band trout. Located east of the Cascade mountains in Southern Central Oregon, Aspen Ridge Ranch consists of several hundred acres nestled in a mountain meadow surrounded by national forest. Old growth ponderosa pine, aspen, and boundless wildlife will be your only company at this remote flyfishing haven. To maintain the highest quality flyfishing experience we limit the number of guests to 8 per three-day stay. A maximum of 40 flyfishers per year visit the ranch and we insist on catch-and-release fly fishing with barbless hooks. The fish range from ten to thirty inches and five pounders are not uncommon.

The black drake, siphlonurus rex, is a medium-sized mayfly that is rarely found in the west. One place it does call home is the Upper Williamson River in Southern Oregon. The black drake hatch takes place in the spring and early summer. During this period, it is the major food source for the native Upper Williamson River red band trout. The private Aspen Ridge Ranch offers flyfishers a unique opportunity to catch and release native red band trout on barbless dry flies during the black drake hatch. The Upper Williamson River meanders through Aspen Ridge Ranch offering several miles of prime fishing. A minimum of trees and brush make for a satisfying and successful presentation of your fly. Strictly regulated access to the property insures a quality fishing experience. We guarantee that swarming hatches of black drakes with rolling wild trout feasting on them is an amazing and exciting thing to see.

Check out the Flycam!
Track the progress of one of the most impressive bug hatches in the United States with photos updated regularly.

Fishing reports
Reports by guests and Aspen Ridge hosts, including photographs.

Conservation & Restoration
See how we've turned an old cattle ranch into a flyfisher's dream.

Accommodations
Sleep in authentic, comfortable Sioux indian tipi's and eat delicious, hearty home-cooked meals.

Rates and Reservations

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Download our printable brochure

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For more information contact:

(541) 783-2138 or

Flycam - follow the hatch!


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Central Oregon Flyfishing
Williamson River Flyfishing
Williamson River Flyfishing
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Photos: Ken Moorish

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