Category Archives: Fishing Reports

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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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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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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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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Emergency Angling Closure of the North Umpqua River

From Native Fish Society The North Umpqua River will be closed to all angling from August 10, 2021 through December 1, 2021 due to low numbers of Summer Steelhead and extreme environmental conditions in the North Umpqua River. Although a … Continue reading

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Make the Metolius Catch and Release for all Species

To be honest until long time Metolius river angler Chris Foster informed me that some species on the Metolius could be killed, I thought the river was catch and release for all fish species. Well this is not the case. … Continue reading

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Colombia Afloat Trip February 2022

Our friend Jon Covich from Fly Water Travel will be hosting a trip to the remote and pristine jungles of Colombia to target large peacock bass and other jungle species. We did this trip last year and it was a … Continue reading

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Low Water Arrives Early July 2021

We knew it was coming and here we are. Low water will likely remain for the rest of the summer. While it’s a little scary for water temps and habitat it does give anglers unprecedented access to water. More on … Continue reading

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More Info from ODFW on Statewide Regulations Due to Low Water

Emergency fishing regulations in response to drought begin July 1: Check the Recreation Report in your zone for info June 30, 2021 SALEM, Ore.—ODFW is implementing emergency regulations that will begin July 1 in several angling zones as Oregon faces … Continue reading

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ODFW – Important Fishing Announcement July 1, 2021

From Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife It’s going to be a scorcher out there, and fish are feeling the heat, too—on top of facing a severe to extreme drought in most of Oregon. Thus, ODFW is asking you to … Continue reading

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Lower McKenzie Trout Population Study – Positive Results Still Evident Today – June 2021

This past Monday I did a quick lower river float, (Hendricks to Hayden) with Liz Perkin of Native Fish Society and Dave Thomas (NFS McKenzie River Fish Steward ) of Eugene. Our discussions were wide ranging but largely focussed on … Continue reading

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Lower McKenzie Brimming with Water June 22, 2021

Despite what looks like a super hot, super low water year in the making the lower McKenzie is full of water. The Walterville Canal is currently empty and the lack of water diversion is giving stretches of water like Hendricks … Continue reading

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