Category Archives: Lower Willamette

Fall Guide Special on Now through November 2018

We are offering a shortened half day trip on our local waters for trout and steelhead for the rest 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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October Fly Patterns for Local Waters

Fall fishing has been superb for trout on the McKenzie and Willamette. Steelhead fishing has also picked up considerably on both rivers. Below are some patterns you should have in your box this time of year. Purple Para Rooster- An … Continue reading

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Great Willamette River Clean Up – Saturday October 6th 2018

The Great Willamette Clean Up is a river-wide, community day of action. Volunteers participate by canoe, kayak, SUP board, raft, motor boat, drift boat, bike, and foot to free our river of trash and debris while improving habitat and community … Continue reading

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Fall Fishing Improving Daily – McKenzie and Willamette River Reports

The Willamette system is producing some decent steelhead action of late. Anglers are having to work for their fish for sure, but they are out there. Swinging favorites like Moal Leeaches and Muddlers has been effective. You can see from … Continue reading

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Ten Fall Fly Patterns to have in your Fly Box – August 2018

It’s that wonderful time of year again and fall fishing is picking up everywhere. Here are ten consistent “fall producers” you need in your fly box to fish our local waters. Chubby Chernobyl: Short winged stones, hoppers and October Caddis … Continue reading

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Fall Creeps into Summer – Local Fishing Improves

Signs of fall are in the midges and small numbers of size #16 tan caddis. Mahogany Duns and fish looking up in shallow water mean that the high sun of summer is past us. Dry fly fishing is better and … Continue reading

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Willamette Falls Fish Counts Up – Water Levels Down

Last year was an absolutely miserable local steelhead year. This time last year their were approximately 1000 summer steelhead over Willamette Falls. Those 1000 spread in the Willamette, McKenzie and Santiam River systems, so catching them last year was rare … Continue reading

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Rainy Weekend – Hatches on the McKenzie and Willamette

High pressure gives way to an overcast, showery “mayfly friendly” weekend. Fishing has been excellent on the McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette Rivers of late. Look for that fishing to be more surface focussed and even better this … Continue reading

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Lower McKenzie Fly Fishing Report – McKenzie Green Caddis Report

We are enjoying one of those lovely springs on the lower McKenzie. I made it out yesterday afternoon from about 1pm to 4:30pm. Water conditions are ideal. There were brown and green McKenzie Caddis out, along with assorted light colored … Continue reading

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Half Day Spring Guiding Special Extended

We are extending our spring half day special trout trips through April. March brown hatches have been very strong this year and nymphing tactics have also been bringing fish to hand. The recent moderate amounts of precipitation have kept the … Continue reading

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Lower McKenzie Boat Ramps to Re-Open Today

All ramps on the lower McKenzie with the exception of Hayden Bridge are now open! March Brown hatches have been really good mid day. Water levels are excellent. Get out there and enjoy! More on the re-opening here: http://klcc.org/post/boat-ramps-mckenzie-river-re-open-friday

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Mckenzie Report: Ramp Clousure/ Spring Break Update

From an article posted yesterday in The Register Guard, this is the very latest on boat ramp closures: Jack Moran The Register-Guard March 24, 2018 International Paper will clean a 2-mile-long pipe from which hydraulic oil spilled into the McKenzie … Continue reading

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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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