Sweet Spot: Squaw Bar at the confluence of the Rogue and Illinois Rivers, a hotspot for any upriver fish runs
What's Hot: Red Ant, Fools Gold, or Purple Peril flies for "half-pounder" steelhead
Local Advice: "Go ahead and think about going to Alaska, but you won't find better fishing than this,'' says Russ Stauff, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist in Gold Beach.
Prime Time: January for winter steelhead, August through October for half-pounders and cohos
Record Fish: 711/2-pound chinook salmon, pending IGFA fly-rod world record, caught by Grant Martinsen in October 2002
More Info: Gold Beach Visitors Center, 800-525-2334; www.goldbeach.org