Category Archives: Fishing Reports

Mid-winter Fishing Update and Redington Claymore Rod Review

Greetings OFFB readers! This past weekend, Bryson, Alex Worth and myself made the slog drive up to the Tillamook area to see if we could find ourselves a mysterious anadromous rainbow trout that supposedly inhabit our rivers in the winter … Continue reading

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December Fishing on The McKenzie Continues

Fished the lower Mckenzie early this week. The water level was a bit lower than a week ago. Thus far, with no major rain event, December fishing remains fair to good. Once again, the Euro Nymph rod is NOT recommended … Continue reading

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McKenzie Fishing Well in December

I heard Justin had been out recently and pressed him a bit, he and Lou enjoyed some good success. “Yeah, fished Sunday and Monday and both days were pretty good! I was just fishing a mega prince and jig PT … Continue reading

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Fine Weather and Water Conditions for late season “McKenzie Trouting”

It’s not every year we find the McKenzie in fine shape the first week of December. Currently the McKenzie is at 3600 CFS and dropping. The coming week of sunshine and good water gives anglers a shot at some “bonus” … Continue reading

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Fall Guide Special continues through November 2020

The lower Mckenzie and Willamette Rivers including the upper Middle Fork near Oakridge continue to fish well. Beautiful Fall weather looks like it’s here to stay for a while longer. We are seeing more mayflies and more October Caddis each … Continue reading

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Fall Fishing Report McKenzie and Willamette Rivers

With a heavy heart in light of recent wildfires in and around the Mckenzie river corridor, I fished the lower river Sunday and Tuesday. Fishing was really good! Hatches were nearly non existent, a few caddis a few mahogany duns … Continue reading

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Flathead Valley/Glacier National Park 2020

End of Summer road trip with our close friends had us leaving Eugene the first weekend of September to explore the Rockies. None of us had been to Northern Montana so plenty of homework and contacting a local friend led … Continue reading

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August Fishing Tactics for Local Waters

Let’s be honest early August is not the best time on our local waters. Hatches are generally minimal and best hours for surface activity are early and late. It’s a great time to head to the smaller waters in the … Continue reading

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McKenzie and Willamette Fishing Report : Early August 2020

Hot weather and low water are pretty normal for early August. Add a full moon and quite a bit of fishing pressure and you have a recipe for some pretty tough mid day fishing on many of our local waters. … Continue reading

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Smallmouth Heaven – John Day River Trip 2020

We took our annual John Day River trip late this year. Our trip started at the “30 Mile Wilderness Study Area” and ended at Cottonwood Bridge. The 40 mile journey travels through stunning canyons. We knew the water would be … Continue reading

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Midwest meltdown! Nate Stansberry July 2020

Peak heat is upon us… For me that means poppers (and EARLY mornings)! COVID19 has turned my fly-tying compulsion into overdrive…. I’ve been tinkering with some new patterns and developed a “magnum articulated crease fly” and this dog hunts! Here … Continue reading

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East Lake Fly Fishing July 2020

July is the time to get to East Lake located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument southeast of Bend. Known for big browns, aggressive rainbow trout, and the daily callibaetis hatch, East Lake should be a destination all fly anglers … Continue reading

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Deschutes Report: July 2020

Hearing rumors the famous July caddis hatch had returned I assembled a few of the Technical Men’s Conference members and headed out to find where the truth lies. The river level was 3670cfs which meant nymphing would be ideal, the … Continue reading

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Warm Temperatures and Low Flows – Summer Tactics for Fishing in the Willamette Valley – July 2020

The McKenzie and Willamette Rivers have settled into summer low water stages and mid day fishing has slowed a bit. Fishing has remained solid morning and evening with a variety of bugs and tactics. As the sun moves directly over … Continue reading

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Bonefishing at Davis Lake Oregon

Strip, strip, strip, strip, stop, strip, he sees it, wait, you got him! No need to get on an airplane to chase cruising fish in shallow water in the Caribbean, you can simply drive up to Davis Lake. The Lake … Continue reading

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