Category Archives: Fishing Reports

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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McKenzie River Hopper Dropper June 2020

In this video, Hayden chases down a beautiful McKenzie River redside trout using a hopper-dropper setup. June has proven to be an excellent month for fishing the McKenzie. Early June started cloudy with rainy days here and there, but the … Continue reading

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McKenzie and Willamette Rivers Fishing Well mid June 2020

The McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette have been fishing really well. Hatches of Pale Morning Duns, Green Drakes, Blue Winged Olives and Brown Caddis have been strong during the last week of wet weather. Mayflies have been hatching … Continue reading

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Late May 2020 Fishing Report

Rivers and lakes around the state are turning on and fishing opportunities about. Here are few options and fly suggestions for the next couple of weeks. The McKenzie is at ideal water levels and a variety of hatches have fish … Continue reading

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McKenzie River Fishing Report May 3, 2020

We floated the lower McKenzie from Hendricks Park to Hayden Bridge Sunday afternoon. The water was high but dropping and plenty clear. Warm periods of the day saw reasonable numbers of Green McKenzie Caddis, Brown Caddis, March Browns, and Pale … Continue reading

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Boating the Deschutes? John Day? – Covid 19 Updates

From Deschutes Angler Amy and John Hazel The burning question that I have been asked often over the past couple of weeks is WHEN will we be able to camp and float on the Deschutes??? I wanted to wait until … Continue reading

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