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Local Fishing Report – Fall Fly Patterns

The McKenzie and Willamette Rivers received a “freshen up” last weekend. While rivers came up quickly they came right back down into great shape. Water temperature have dropped a bit but fishing has remained excellent. This time of year is … Continue reading

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Imagine spending a week fishing at the Babine Steelhead Lodge in 2022 for just $100!

From Native Fish Society Imagine it, you’re sitting in your cozy cabin along the amazing Babine River in beautiful British Columbia, reminiscing on the week-long fishing adventure of a lifetime you just experienced, new friends you met, delicious food you … Continue reading

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What Happens To Native Trout Fisheries When We Remove Competing Hatchery Stock – The McKenzie River Example

Two of the smartest fish bio guys I know collaborated to create the article below. Dave Thomas and Arlen Thomasen ( author of the best bug book out there “Bugwater“) also were participants/leaders in the McKenzie River Trout study referenced … Continue reading

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Columbia & Snake River Wild Steelhead in Crisis

From The Conservation Angler Compelling commentary on the Columbia River’s Wild Steelhead Crisis from Rich Simms, co-founder of the Wild Steelhead Coalition. Read it HERE. Dean Finnerty, Director of Trout Unlimited’s Wild Steelheaders United! Read it HERE. Both organizations make … Continue reading

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Middle Fork of the Willamette River Fishing Report

We decided to give the Middle Fork of the Willamette a shot this past Tuesday. I knew the river would be low and I knew there was potential for smoke. Both bore out true of course… Driving up HWY 58 … Continue reading

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Vinyl Jig Midge Fly Tying Instructional Video

Hey y’all. I tied this fly up, along with the Golden Stone jig nymph from an earlier video, at the end of July, when we were already experiencing tough, low water conditions that we would normally see at the end … Continue reading

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Fall is in the air – Local Fishing Heating Up

Water temps are ideal on the upper McKenzie River and each cooler night we have going forward will help the Lower river cool down as well. More bugs are present each day. Gray Drakes, October Caddis, Blue Winged Olives and … Continue reading

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The Biology of Harvest – Wild Steelheaders United

By Nick Chambers for Wild Steelheaders United Steelhead anglers probably have disagreed with aspects of sport fishing management since the dawn of fishing regulations. In recent years, however, one area of disagreement has come into sharp focus: sport harvest of … Continue reading

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Chicken Strip Baitfish Fly Tying Instructional Video with Alex Swartz

In this video, Alex Swartz ties a baitfish pattern with a multitude of predator species applications. Alex uses bucktail, saddle hackles, flash, and some exciting new snowrunner brushes to whip this fly up — many different sizes and color combinations … Continue reading

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Fishing Locally Remains Strong – Cooler Nights Ahead

The McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette Rivers continue to fish well, and cooler nights ahead should improve things further. Despite extremely low numbers of steelhead some good fall trout fishing is still available. We are starting to see … Continue reading

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Emergency fishing closures in Deschutes, other mid-Columbia tributaries begin Sept. 1 due to low steelhead returns

ODFW Press Release August 27, 2021 SALEM, Ore.—In response to extremely low returns to date of Columbia Basin upriver summer steelhead, ODFW is adopting additional emergency rules to increase protections for wild summer steelhead in certain Oregon Columbia River tributaries. … Continue reading

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Columbia Steelhead Crisis: What Needs to Happen

From Native Fish Society Click here to add your name to the letter below and join the groundswell of public support speaking up for Columbia Basin steelhead! Dear Governors Brown & Inslee and ODFW & WDFW Commission Members, To put … Continue reading

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Resisting the call of the Deschutes – Chris Santella

Our friend and favorite author Chris Santella had this opinion piece published in he Oregonian and recently. Every March, I begin looking forward to late summer afternoons at the mouth of the Deschutes River. The kaleidoscope of kite sails … Continue reading

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Long-term closure on four-mile section of McKenzie River Trail from Knoll Fire

From the USFS- August 19,2021 McKenzie Bridge, Ore., Aug. 19, 2021 — The Knoll Fire on the McKenzie River Ranger District has transitioned back to the local unit. The 544-acre lightning-caused Knoll Fire is located seven miles northeast of McKenzie … Continue reading

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Cooler Temperatures mid August – Fishing Remains Solid on the McKenzie

Fishing with smaller nymphs and a variety of dry flies has been good on the McKenzie River. Water levels are low and water temperatures are a bit higher than normal but the fishing above Leaburg Dam is solid. It’s a … Continue reading

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