Fall Conditions Improve Trout Fishing

wild mckenzie river trout

Cooler overnight temps and mid 70s as daytime highs have improved local trout angling over the past week. Small Caddis, Chubby Chernobyl’s, Prince Nymphs, and Parachute Adams have been productive patterns of late.

mckenzie river fly fishing

Other notes on local angling opportunities include: The Middle fork of the Willamette below Hills Creek Dam recently jumped up from 400 CFS to around 1300. This surge of cooler water will help the trout fishing around Oakridge and improve Steelheading from Dexter down through Eugene on the Middle fork. Speaking of the Middle Fork, it’s a great time to drive around Hills Creek and fish the Middle fork as it enters Hills Creek. There is some really nice “wade-able water” near Campers Flat and beyond. Same goes for the South Fork of the McKenzie above Cougar Reservoir. Lower flows on these small waters make access really easy.

Fly photo

It’s a fantastic time of year and Fall shadows are coming earlier each day, get out and enjoy one of the best times of year.

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