The McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette have been fishing really well. Hatches of Pale Morning Duns, Green Drakes, Blue Winged Olives and Brown Caddis have been strong during the last week of wet weather. Mayflies have been hatching mid to late afternoon and wet weather has made lift off difficult. Mayflies have been struggling to get off the water and have been available to fish!
With the onset of Summer on the horizon look for those hatches to move later in the day. If you don’t see hatches mid day don’t worry, fish still recognize the big Drake or larger caddis and they will rise to those patterns. Look for Little Yellow Stone Hatches to intensify in the coming warmer days. You may see some Salmon Flies and Golden Stones as well. Of course going down with a nymph will be super effective as well. Try the following nymphs: Hindmarsh’s Pleaboi, Jigged Iron Sally, Jigged Hares Ear and Pheasant Tails.
Happy Fathers day to all the dads and enjoy your time on the water.