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The North Umpqua River flows by Swiftwater Park.

The North Umpqua River fly area reopened to afternoon angling Thursday.

Fishing is now allowed one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset.

The change comes after an emergency regulation that was imposed last month, which closed afternoon fly angling from the boundary at Deadline Falls to the marker below Soda Springs Dam in an effort to protect wild summer steelhead.

The closure was supposed to be in effect until the end of September, but cooler water has prompted fisheries managers to reopen the area early, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“Currently, the North Umpqua River is about 10 degrees cooler than it was in early August when we put the restriction in place, and it looks like we’re past the hot weather hurdle. We are confident fly anglers can now fish in the afternoons and evenings again and enjoy some of the best angling opportunities of the year,” Umpqua District Fish Biologist Greg Huchko said in a press release.

Saphara Harrell can be reached at 541-957-4216 or sharrell@nrtoday.com.

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Saphara Harrell is the crime and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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