We floated from Greenwaters Park on the East side of the Oakridge township down to Black Canyon campground this past Tuesday. Fishing was fair. Using hopper dropper rigs with Golden Stone adult patterns and HDA Fav Variant Jigged Nymphs we caught fish on the surface and deep. We had success using indicator nymph rigs and caught fish on Golden Stone nymph patterns and Jigged Pheasant Tail nymphs as well.
I knew the water would be low but my goodness! Not only is there very little water being released out of Hills Creek Dam (approx 340 CFS) but tributaries like Salt and Salmon Creek are very very low. Overall the flow on the Middle Fork of the Willamette near Oakridge is well below what we might expect in late July.
On the plus side wading anglers have innumerable gravel bars to easily access the waters of the Middle Fork and this is not likely to change in the next 4 months. If you want to have a nice walk and wade fishing day give the middle fork a shot.
Here are just a few ideas for anglers looking to wade the middle fork.
1. Park at Black Canyon Campground and start fishing upstream. It’s so low you will easily cross the river to the large island at the upstream end of the campground.
2. Turn hard left after you pass the green metal bridge about 1 mile prior to Oarkridge “Ferrin” boat launch. Fish upstream from this local.
3. From Greenwaters park walk down the true right bank and fish all the water downstream from the conflueence of Salmon Creek.