Little yellow stones: Yellow sally hatch goes off on the Lower McKenzie River at 9pm

The Lower McKenzie River is fishing well in the evenings for cutthroat, coinciding with massive yellow sally hatches. We’ve been fishing from Hayden Bridge to Armitage, with most of the action below Harvest Lane boat ramp. The bugs are all over the place, but the best dry fly fishing in the flat, slow runs. We had a lot of success on light colored soft hackles about 30 mins before the hatch started. This is a late evening game, so it pays to run your shuttle beforehand if possible. Not many big fish around (not any in our case), but this prolific hatch is worth seeing in its own right.

Yellow Sally McKenzie River

Yellow Sally McKenzie River

Yellow Sally McKenzie River

Here are a couple variations of the yellow sally: Traditional Little Yellow Stone, CDC Yellow Sally.

And a couple yellow sally patterns from the shop: Mini-stimi style and a low-rider version.

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2 Responses to Little yellow stones: Yellow sally hatch goes off on the Lower McKenzie River at 9pm

  1. Paul says:

    My buddy Sam and I floated this stretch last night. Amazing hatch. We had a few strikes but alas the fishing gods where riding in another boat. Great evening fishing though….

  2. Rob R says:

    unbelievable hatches–happening on the middle willamette, too. just awsome!

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