Cold water continues on Willamette River

The Middle Fork of the Willamette remained at a fishable level today despite all the rain we’ve had over the past few days. Although not as clear as usual, the river did have decent visibility, especially below the North Fork confluence. Most of the fish we caught were on stonefly imitations. Kaufmans Stone and Tungsten Rubber legged stone in both golden and brown were productive fished near the bottom under a “Thingamabobber” strike indicator. IMG_2220As the day “warmed” up a bit around 2pm numerous bugs emerged. March Browns, Caddis and Blue Winged Olives were present during the 2-4pm window. We did have decent dry fly fishing in softer water below riffles. Best patterns were Hackle Stacker Flag Dun Adams sizes #14-16, March Brown Parachute #14, and Peacock Caddis #16.IMG_2227IMG_2234Both the Mckenzie and Willamette are experiencing some of the coldest water temperatures for this time of year that anyone can remember. Look for things to blow up when we get temps up around 50 degrees on a consistent basis. 

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