The McKenzie and Willamette remain high but they are fore-casted to drop precipitously over the next 48 hours. Nymphing will be productive all day with Golden Stone Nymphs, Possie Buggers and Princes. Look for surface activity with Pale Morning Duns, Half Down Golden Stones, CDC Green McKenzie Caddis, Peacock Caddis and Little Yellow Stones. The Middle Fork of the Willamette near Oakridge is running very high out of Hills Creek Reservoir and we recommend you concentrate you efforts below the North Fork of the Willamette confluence on down to Hampton ramp. Similar bugs for Willamette.
Other options around the state include.
Crane Prairie Reservoir should also heat up this weekend with better weather. Chironomids, buggers and streamers imitating baitfish can be productive on Crane early. ODFW is reporting good catch rates on Brook trout, try Skip’s Rainbow Trout Streamer, it should be great on Crane and at Gold Lake (when it opens).
The lower Deschutes is a great pick this weekend and coming weeks. The river is a bit high but nymphing should be awesome. Large stonefly nymphs with Copper Johns, small Princes and Possie Buggers. Caddis larvae patterns will also work great.
The lower Umpqua should also improve with the weather. Shad reports have been very mediocre and smallmouth are just getting going. Things will improve on the Umpqua this weekend.
Wickiup Reservoir has been good as well. Fish the shallows early with Chironomids and streamers. Then move to deeper water with sinking lines and large streamer patterns.
Have a great fishing weekend–CD