Spring Fishing Heating Up Despite Big Water

The McKenzie and Willamette river remain high but water temps are moving up and a variety of hatches are occurring daily. Fish are keen to eat stonefly nymphs, March Brown Nymphs, Pheasant Tail Nymphs and more. Getting your fly down in the “slower” zones is the key. Yesterday there were a good number of salmon fly adults emerging and we had quite a few fish take a look at the large Chubby Chernobyl dry. Grannom Caddis, March Browns and Blue Winged Olives were also visible most of the day.

This summer steelhead raced up above Leaburg dam and ate a size #12 jigged pheasant tail dropper nymph yesterday.

The water is big and super cold, there is a lot woody debris in the river due to the Holiday Farm fire, be careful out there.

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