A One-of-a-Kind Fly Fishing Property on Oregon’s Upper Williamson River

About the Property

Aerial photo of Aspen Ridge Ranch

Aerial photo of Aspen Ridge Ranch

Aspen Ridge Ranch offers private fly fishing on Oregon’s famous Upper Williamson River. If it’s a one-of-a-kind fly fishing 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 through the Ranch and is teeming with native red band trout during the legendary drake hatch. Located east of the Cascade mountains in south central Oregon, the Ranch consists of 240 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 fly fishing haven.

In this small valley where most of the private property consists of ranches that span thousands of acres and cost millions of dollars (if they are available at all), this is a rare opportunity to purchase a dream property.

  • nearly a mile of river
  • meadows
  • lodgepole and ponderosa pine timberlands
  • a beautiful 16′ x 16′ log cabin with sleeping loft
  • a large barn
  • a 12′ x 24′ screenhouse
  • an 8′ x 24′ bunkhouse
  • and even a bit of spectacular 50 foot rimrock cliffs along the NW edge of the property.

This is a remote, off-the-grid property.

  • The property is accessed from the west via a well-maintained 4-mile gravel road and 2-mile dirt road. From the east it’s a well-maintained 11-mile gravel road.
  • For electricity, we use solar power. A small solar power system is included, and with abundant sunshine year-round, the potential for expanding the solar generation is virtually unlimited.
  • Water: There is currently no plumbing in the cabin. We get wash water from the river (20’away) and haul in drinking water from town or get it from one of two nearby springs that produce unlimited, crystal clear water year-round. There are two wells on the property but neither has been used in years.
  • Pastures and meadows are sub-irrigated, as are all other ranch properties in the valley. They get their water from underground in the floodplain. There are not irrigation rights to pump water out of the river, but the grass grows tall and rich every year without it.

 About the Fish

Flyfishing Property Upper Williamson River

The Upper Williamson River Redband Trout

The ecosystem of the upper Williamson river is completely different than that of the better known lower Williamson river. Even the fish found in the Upper Williamson are completely unrelated to those found below the Klamath Marsh. The marsh and an ancient series of waterfalls located above the Kirk springs on the lower Williamson have prevented the Upper Williamson River fish from mingling with those of the lower Williamson, maintaining a native population of trout now identified as the Upper Williamson River Redband. They are indigenous only to this river.

The trout at Aspen Ridge Ranch range from 10 to 30 inches and can weigh up to five pounds. Even during the immense black drake hatch, when their bellies are over-stuffed with flies, these fish are very athletic and are great fighters, often jumping out of the water numerous times before tiring.

Flyfishing Upper Williamson RiverFor more details about the Upper Williamson River Redband, click here to visit our old and outdated, yet still informative, fly fishing website.




 About the Flies

The black drake, siphlonurus rex

The black drake, siphlonurus rex

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 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 Williamson River red band trout. The best time of day to fish the black drake hatch is during the afternoon and evening when the fish feed aggressively on the surface.

Most fishing during the hatch is done by casting to rising fish with size 10 to 12 dry flies. A 4 weight rod is ideal. Siphlonorus nymphs usually inhabit slow-moving back waters and quiet pools. The black drakes on the Upper Williamson River, however, keep to the oxbows and swales filled with vegetation where they are safe from fish.

For more details about the Upper Williamson River Redband, click here to visit our old and outdated, yet still informative, fly fishing website.

Fishing Reports

flyfishing-reportWe have a few reports from Aspen Ridge Ranch guests on our old website. Click here to check them out.