Re: Any help/ideas for going to OR or WA for steel?
For that time frame the Rogue River is at its best for Winter Steelhead fishing. Order up the 'Stream Time' Rogue River map; dated it may be, but its still dead on as to access (right down to 1/10th mile). Another great book is BLM's "Rogue River Float Guide." Excellent info on the river from Grants Pass down to where you run out of road (and you do run out of road in the winter!!!!!!
When you fly into Medford you're less than 10 minutes from the River. Another great (very current) resource is Google Earth. Our area 'maps' were updated in 2011 so what you see is exactly what you'll get. Tipping the view you can even 'fly' up the river for a real-time view (it's pretty cool doing that).
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