Steelhead Fishing on the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers has been very good despite a recent hot stint of weather. Over 21,000 Summer Steelhead have travelled over Willamette Falls. Cooler weather, fall shadows, and great water conditions point towards outrageously good local Steelhead fly fishing this late September and October. Best flies include Green Butt Silver Hilton, Moal Leech and Bush’s Town Run.
The McKenzie River seems to have the greatest concentration of fish between Leaburg Dam and the town of Leaburg. That being said, success has been had throughout the system. On the Willamette, drifts Dexter to Jasper, Jasper to Town and even down into the confluence of the McKenzie have produced.