Fishing has been good despite unsettled water and weather. Green and Grey Drakes, Pale Morning Duns, small Caddis and large Golden Stones have been the best patterns of late. There were so many drakes out Friday that a Red Headed Wood Pecker was hovering and feeding on mayflies like a swallow.
It was “training day” in the boat on Friday. Pat Jenkins Head Athletic Trainer at University of Washington and owner of Recycled Waders and Clay Jameson trainer of the U of O’s Men’s Basketball Squad were in the front of boat on the Upper McKenzie. Fishing was good from start to finish with Half Down Golden Stones and Possie Bugger droppers. I am pretty sure it was the first time a Husky hat has ever made it in the boat.
As with the McKenzie the trend looks really good on the Willamette. Trout and Steelhead fishing throughout the Willamette system will be excellent in the coming weeks.