Author Archives: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog

Cooler Temperatures and Dropping Water Make for Improved Local Fishing

Look for trout fishing to perk up this coming week with cooler temperatures and perfect water conditions. It’s a great idea to take a look at The Middle Fork of the Willamette above and below Hills Creek Reservoir. The South … Continue reading

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Random Review of Fly Tying tools, materials and gear – August 2017

For the record, I’ve been thinking about reviewing a bunch of fly fishing related items for quite some time.  I wanted to share my appreciation for a wide variety of products that I use on a regular basis. I will … Continue reading

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Wild Willamette Steelhead in Peril

From the Conservation Angler For Immediate Release: Monday, August 7, 2017 David Moskowitz, Executive Director, The Conservation Angler 971-235-8953 Bill M. Bakke, Conservation Director, The Conservation Angler The Conservation Angler shares the conservation concerns about wild Willamette River Winter Steelhead: … Continue reading

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Willamette steelhead on verge of extinction due to increasing sea lion presence at Willamette Falls

From the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Monday, August 7, 2017 SALEM, Ore. – One of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest’s iconic fish, native steelhead trout, have been migrating over Willamette Falls in Portland to spawn in Cascade Mountain … Continue reading

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EP Brushes Help Make Super Baitfish Bellies

  Many fly tyers have realized that various material brushes can be great time-savers when creating a belly on baitfish & streamer flies. I have been using these materials for several years and have found several brushes that all work … Continue reading

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Hot Weather and Higher Flows on the McKenzie

Fishing was surprisingly good yesterday on the upper McKenzie. Higher flows out of Cougar Reservoir and Blue River seemed to spurn activity despite the heat. 100 degrees plus heat meant mid day hatches were zero but fishing a mid sized … Continue reading

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Coho Fly Fishing Report at Pacific City July 28 2017

I had the opportunity to troll bucktail flies out of Pacific City with friends a few days ago. We fished from about 0630 to 1300 hrs – hooking 9 silvers, and brought 3 to hand. Two were wild fish released from … Continue reading

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Pacific City Albacore update – – – the Dory Fleet Connected!

Yes the Albacore were offshore Pacific City on the 21st and the dory fleet was able to find fish willing to grab. The two dory boats with fly anglers managed to find enough tuna that everyone aboard hooked and landed … Continue reading

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Your Input Needed on the McKenzie

From the McKenzie River Trust As many of you know, In 2016 McKenzie River Trust purchased 278 acres from Roseboro Lumber Company including the Finn Rock Boat Landing on the McKenzie River. As we work towards developing our conservation management … Continue reading

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Great Albacore Flies will be put to the test on July 21st!

But not by me. My friends will be charging out into the ocean offshore Pacific City at about 0445 hours this morning. I will have wished them all well, anxiously awaiting the return of the tuna fleet late in the afternoon. This … Continue reading

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Summer Water Conditions in the Willamette Valley

Water levels have dropped, hatches have diminished and there are more folks out fishing than almost anytime of year. Sound like a great recipe for tough fishing? Well, it can be. High sun in the afternoon can be tough, trout … Continue reading

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Smallmouth Bass Clouser with EP Craft Fur Brush

Most people who are regular visitors to Youtube and the Oregon fly Fishing Blog probably recognize that the Clouser is one of my best, most favorite, gotta have some fly patterns. I’ll tie them with different materials, in different proportions, … Continue reading

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Jay’s Baja Fishing Gear Check-List

This list might help folks prepare for a week-long venture to Gary Bullla’s destination fishing camp in Baja. It pretty much captures what I felt that I needed after reviewing my week long fishing trip in late May 2017.  So for what … Continue reading

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Review of Two Great Saltwater Fly Reels: Hatch and Nautilus

Having just returned from a fine week fly fishing Baja, I wanted to say a little, and I really mean a little, about the two fly reels that I fish most often these days. These are fly reels that I … Continue reading

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Middle Fork of the Willamette Water Levels Plummet

Wading anglers will be pleased about yesterdays significant water level reduction out of Hills Creek Dam. Fishing was good all day subsurface with Jigged Mega Prince nymphs. We caught a few fish on Golden Stone adults as well. Small brown … Continue reading

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