Category Archives: Lower Willamette

Fall Guide Special on Now through November 2017

We have had some serious rain recently and river levels have really come up. A more settled pattern is developing and it looks like we will have an extended trout season. We are offering a shortened half day trip on … Continue reading

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Fall Guide Special on Now through November 2017

We are offering a shortened half day trip on our local waters for trout and steelhead for the rest of October and November. The cost of the trip is $325. The trip includes guided fishing and equipment for two anglers. … Continue reading

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Local Rivers Get a “Freshen Up”

Recent rains have caused the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers to rise quite a bit. This fresh water surge is sure to push fish into a “fall feeding mode”. Cooler water temps, lower light conditions, and increased insect activity will make … Continue reading

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What is the best time of year to fish the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers?

Cloudy days in June when the temperature cracks 65 degrees are pretty hard to beat. Gray and Green Drakes, Pale Morning Duns, Blue Winged Olives, Brown Caddis, and Green Caddis are present. The rivers are generally at “full” levels and … Continue reading

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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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TU Meeting May 1st: Floodplain Restoration at the Willamette Confluence & Mt. Pisgah

Presentation: Chris Orsinger, Executive Director of Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah, will provide a compelling overview of the major floodplain restoration effort in the Mt. Pisgah area at the confluence of the Coast & Middle Forks of the … 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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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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Fall Guide Special for Local Trips in November

We are offering a shortened half day trip on our local waters for trout and steelhead for the month of November. The cost of the trip is $325. The trip includes guided fishing and equipment for two anglers. The trip … Continue reading

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Middle Fork of the Willamette Fishing Well Top To Bottom – June 2016

Water levels have dropped on the Middle Fork of the Willamette recently and fishing has remained very good. Wading anglers can now access much of the water between Hills Creek Reservoir and Lookout Point Reservoir with relative ease. For those … Continue reading

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Willamette Falls Fish Counts – Steelhead Numbers Looking Good for 2016

2016 is looking markedly better in terms of Summer Steelhead numbers in the Willamette River system. Below you will see the fish passage numbers for May in 2015 and May in 2016. The 2016 numbers are much closer to our … Continue reading

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McKenzie and Willamette River Tactics for late April 2016

Cooler temperatures look to prolong traditional spring conditions this week. We have had a bump in water, although it’s already on the way back down (see photo). Water conditions will improve each day this week. Over the next few days … Continue reading

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Willamette River Fly Fishing Report – April 2016

Finally made it out to the lower main stem of the “Willy”. The fishing was good during the cloud cover period of 11:00am to 2:00pm. The winter levels really made some changes to various islands and flat stretches. We were … Continue reading

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Willamette and McKenzie Rivers Fishing Well

It feels like an early Fall season is upon us. The past few days on the river have been cooler, and several species of mayflies have been emerging. Gray Drakes, lesser Green Drakes and Blue Winged Olives have been available … Continue reading

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Local Waters Low and Clear – Fishing Best Morning and Evening

While it’s not quite officially Summer it sure feels like it! The McKenzie and Willamette Rivers are running at levels very much unfamiliar to us at this time of year. Rivers are crystal clear and often moving at a snails … Continue reading

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