Mid-December? Really? While it’s not great conditions if you’re anxious for winter steelhead season to start, the trout fishing is still pretty hot around the Eugene area. We’ve been getting good reports for trout fishing on the lower McKenzie River and the Middle Fork Willamette. Our trout crew headed out to the Middle Fork Willamette today. The water was lower than it was this summer — under 600 cfs and 3-feet on the gage. Water temp was 43-degrees.
The hot fly was a size 14 tungsten bead-head prince nymph, under an indicator. The fish didn’t seem to want the possie bugger today. I’ve been tying nymphs with tungsten beads this year and I do notice a difference in the flies. That said, the tungsten beads cost a bit more.
The fishing stayed hot from 10-2pm. Rick Allen and Karl Mueller tagged super-slob whitefish. Greg Hatten pulled some nice trout before jumping into the river with his pipe. Beat the hell out of watching football on the couch.