Lou took Kirk, of the Technical Men’s Conference (old dogs who have fished together for decades) down the Lower Mckenzie on Ground Hog Day. The river had dropped to a decent level, the sun was out, and a cool breeze brought some success. The standard patterns for 2010 carried over to work in 2011. Yes, the Possie Bugger, Mega Prince and bombing the bottom brought Kirk some fine early Mckenzie redsides. The window of opportunity during the day was a only a few hours. The measured water temperature was 41.5 degrees. With the river levels dropping and the weather remaining calm, it may not be a bad time to check out the lower Mckenzie.