Category Archives: Fishing Reports

High Water but Good Fishing on Local Waters

The McKenzie and Willamette Rivers are looking great for water this year. Although wading can be challenging (be careful out there) fishing has been quite good for those who have ventured out into the high and green flows of our … Continue reading

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McKenzie River Remains High – Fishing is Good

The McKenzie has dropped into a high but very “fishable” level. Fishing has been very good. A variety of high water spring tactics are working to catch fish. Nymphing with Mega Prince, and other heavy stonefly nymph patterns has been … Continue reading

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Ten Flies for Your Weekend Fishing on our Local Waters

If you are heading out to the McKenzie or Willamette Rivers this weekend don’t be caught without the following fly patterns. To maximize success be prepared to fish at all levels of the water column. Deep nymphing, swinging wet flies … Continue reading

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Lower Mckenzie Fishing Report 4/10/17

The Caddis Fly Shop end of the week crew took a day and headed out to the lower Mckenzie.   Please, no adjustment of your monitor is necessary. The blue stuff in the pic above was just a momentary lapse in darkness, and … Continue reading

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Coastal Winter Steelhead Update – mid March 2017

Well. Here is the score from mid March swing fishing the North Coast. Five anglers fishing two consecutive days under decent (high) water conditions: One steelhead hooked and released. This averages out at one fish per ten days. My personal record … Continue reading

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Letter from Cedar Lodge, “Summer” Update 2017

Dear Dale and Charles, I know it was a tough decision not to come to New Zealand this year. Life throws curveballs and we have to adjust. But… if it makes you feel any better this year has been a … Continue reading

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North Coast Fly Fishing Report – Late January 2016

I’ve had a week to swing flies in several locations around the North Coast this past week. Wow, this has been a classic winter steelhead experience, as in, a textbook situation. It is no surprise that swinging flies for winter … Continue reading

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Town Lake Steelhead Report

I can report that fly fishing for landlocked hatchery summer steelhead at the Town Lake is slow but there are opportunities to have some very challenging fishing here when the rivers are otherwise un-fishable. On a recent guided trip to the … Continue reading

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Cedar Lodge NZ 2016 November Report

We have had a mixed bag of weather this early season at Cedar Lodge. After what many have described as a mild Winter on the South Island we are now having an extreme Spring. This week was wrought with wind, … Continue reading

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Underway at Cedar Lodge New Zealand

We arrived to 3 days of pounding rain and wind. Puddles dotted the property and gum boots were a requirement. Fortunately our good friend Alan Cooper had been taking care of the lodge grounds. Golf course, gardens and new plantings … Continue reading

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Lower Mckenzie Report : November 2016

The shop has been getting reports the fishing has been “good” on the lower river.    So…., Only one way to find out?   Lou and Tim headed out and, let’s just say we confirmed….”the fishing is good”! The mild temps and … Continue reading

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Rain on the Way but Warm November Temps Keep Local Fishing Viable

Beautiful fall days and fast dropping rivers mean the McKenzie and Willamette rivers have come back in shape after the last rain. While more rain is on the way our local rivers should hold in a while longer this November. … Continue reading

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Lou’s Montana Fly Fishing Trip 2016

Got some time off from the shop and gathered up the Technical Men’s Conference (old dawgs who have fished together for decades) and headed off to Missoula.  We elected to try some of the other rivers (Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Clark Fork … Continue reading

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Late October Local Fly Fishing Opportunities Remain

MCKENZIE RIVER:  KEY FLIES: October Caddis (#8, #10, #12), BWO (#18, #16) and Mega Prince (#8, #6). INTEL: The McKenzie River is riding a little high after the typhoon (yes, an honest to goodness typhoon) hit the Pacific Northwest last week, but … Continue reading

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Fishing Report: A week in Idaho, October 2016

If you’ve never fished in Idaho’s mountain country, I recommend adding it to your fly fishing bucket list. Having grown up in the potato state, I try to get back to fish Idaho’s waters at least once a year and I was fortunate enough to get a … Continue reading

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