As I write this the McKenzie at Vida is around 8500 CFS that is just over 4 as a gauge reading. 8500 is really high, not very fish-able, and not real safe on many stretches. The next 24-48 hours are critical in assessing when to fish the river. It has finally turned the corner and is dropping, hopefully fast. When the gauge height reading at Vida gets to three the river will be fish-able. Of course this is a rough baseline and the river won’t stay at that level for long, hopefully it will just keep dropping. We’ve had warm nights of late and insect activity should be excellent. Green McKenzie Caddis, Pale Morning Duns, Golden Stones, Little Yellow Stones and Tan Caddis are good surface patterns this time of year. For subsurface patterns try golden stone nymphs, Possie Buggers, Mega Prince, Standard Prince, Hares Ear Soft Hackles, Moab Stones and Green Flash Soft Hackles. The fish should be ready to eat with fervor with the river comes back into shape.
Other fishing opportunities around the state include.
The Middle Fork below Dexter Dam, only 2700 cubic feet per second. Most likely this won’t last for to much longer but at 2700 it is perfect for early summer steelhead fishing.
It looks like the weather will be perfect in the Cascades and fishing for Bass at Davis Lake should be great.
Early fishing at Crane Prairie can yield some monster rainbows, we haven’t had many reports but it’s that time of year.–CD