Summer wading conditions, mega hatches in the evenings

Summer is my favorite time of year. Wet wading, light till 9pm, dry flies and tons of trout. And the Upper Willamette River is my favorite place to be on a summer evening. The flows are finally down enough for very successful wade angling. During the early evening, the planters were taking a half-down golden stone dry with a size 14 possie bugger dropper. The fishing lagged between 6pm-7pm, and then a monster hatch of large tan caddis and golden stones erupted. Larger native rainbow trout came out to smack the big bugs off the surface, far out into the middle in heavy current. I switched to a yellow stimulator after refusals on the parachute golden stone and landed a few of the nicer fish in the run, missing quite a few more. Almost makes me want to move to Oakridge. -MS

Upper Willamette River fly fishing

Upper Willamette River fly fishing

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