The fourth annual Mckenzie River Two Fly Tournament will be held this coming weekend, September 23th and 24th which can only mean that very soon conservation minded anglers will compete for both bragging rights and sweet prizes, having a great time raising funds for a good cause, better habitat for cold water fish!
Previous tournaments have raised over $12,000 dollars for habitat restoration on the Mckenzie River including helping fund the Crescent Lake side channel reconnection and the Green Island levee removal project. These projects have improved habitat for juvenile Chinook as well as native trout but there is always more work to be done! This years proceeds will again go to the McKenzie River Trust.
Seating is very limited but there may be a couple seats yet available. Entrance fee is $700 per team (or $350 per angler). Your fee gets you Friday and Saturday dinner Saturday guided fishing and lunch. Contact the shop at (541) 342-7005 to get one while you can!
The event will kick off Friday night at 7pm. Mazzi of Hideaway Bakery fame will bring his wood fired oven to the shop for Pizza. Guide assignments, rules, and a brief McKenzie River Trust overview will be Friday evenings plan. Saturday, the teams will fish 9-5pm (scoring hours) and Saturday evening will be awards banquet and slider bar at the Oregon Electric Station.
The tournament is actually pretty straight-forward. The basic contest rules: participants and their guide select two flies per angler (that’s two flies not two patterns) to score for their team. Scoring is simple: the guide adds up the length of the team’s best three trout and the highest score wins. As always, there are some great prizes. (Please note these are not the official contest rules which will be provided at the Friday night kick-off event.)
First prize is a stay at, Wild Billy Lake. The second prize winners will take home two Echo Ion reels, lines, leaders, hats and Frisbees and the third prize winners will receive custom packages of fly tying materials. All participants will receive a sweet official Ex-Officio Mckenzie River Two Fly Tournament shirt.
As always we are grateful to the guides who donate their time and the participants who always make the event a success. Hope to see you there! –KM