My friend Bill has been Fly Fishing the McKenzie River for a long time. We had a fun day on the upper McKenzie River this past Monday despite some seriously wet weather. Green Drakes, Pale Morning Duns and Small caddis were hatching. Dry fly fishing in fast water was better than I’d seen it all year. Bill fished hard all day, wet, cold, and spot on. He did not lose a fly all day. No easy task when high water has you pitching at the banks on most presentations.
Back to Bill. He has been a an Oregon resident much of his life and has fished around the state for trout primarily. He still makes annual trips to California’s Sacramento River and Idaho’s Henry’s Fork. Did I mention he’s 91.
I have been guiding Bill on the McKenzie and Willamette for the past 23. He has a great attitude about fishing that one only gets with experience and knowledge. When I am 91 I want to be upfront casting all day for something.