Category Archives: Lower Willamette

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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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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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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Summer Tactics for Local Waters August 2021

I wish we were discussing high water tactics in August of 2021…. Fish like water as we all know. It’s going to be a very interesting summer with extreme drought conditions wreaking havoc on numerous watersheds across the state of … Continue reading

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Native Fish Society ACTION ALERT: KELLOGG CREEK DAM HAS TO GO!

Kellogg Creek Dam, in Milwaukie, Oregon, prevents migrating Willamette River salmon from taking advantage of the creek’s cold water during warm summer months. Sign the latest NFS Action Alert telling Oregon lawmakers that Kellogg Creek Dam has got to go! … Continue reading

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Smallmouth bite is On! May 2021

The Willamette River and tributaries are seeing some quality fly fishing for smallmouth bass presently. Lower and warmer water have the bass lighting up to patterns like RIO Meat Sweats, Micro Game Changers and Double Barrel Poppers. Give Alex a … Continue reading

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April March Browns Still Going Strong on the Lower McKenzie River

March Brown mayflies continue to hatch from 2-4pm on the lower McKenzie. Dry fly fishing has been everything from challenging to very good. Setting up on a “feeding lane” during the hatch and presenting sparse mayfly imitations seemed to be … Continue reading

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Willamette River Report March 2021

Headed out to enjoy a beautiful day on the Willy. March brings crazy weather patterns which bring some the best early hatches of March Browns and Caddis. The hatches were tan caddis and occasional March Brown. However, the fish were … Continue reading

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March Brown Wet Fly Tying Video – March 2021

March Brown Wet Fly tied by Jim Sens Today Jim is tying a fantastic spring wet fly. Imitating a March Brown, this fly can be fished on the swing, in a nymph rig, or underneath a high-floating dry fly. It’s … Continue reading

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Spring 2021 Guide Special on Now through April 15th

Each Spring we are reminded of how fortunate we are to have the Lower McKenzie and Willamette rivers within such close proximity to the Eugene area. When conditions align, there is potential for exceptional trout fishing. Current water conditions and … Continue reading

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March Browns – March 1st on the McKenzie – Fishing Report

Early signs of spring showed up this weekend. Typical winter hatches of blue wing olives and stones were joined by sparse but consistent March brown hatches during the warmest and sunniest parts of the day. With enough sunshine and warmth, … Continue reading

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December Fishing on The McKenzie Continues

Fished the lower Mckenzie early this week. The water level was a bit lower than a week ago. Thus far, with no major rain event, December fishing remains fair to good. Once again, the Euro Nymph rod is NOT recommended … Continue reading

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McKenzie Fishing Well in December

I heard Justin had been out recently and pressed him a bit, he and Lou enjoyed some good success. “Yeah, fished Sunday and Monday and both days were pretty good! I was just fishing a mega prince and jig PT … Continue reading

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Fall Guide Special continues through November 2020

The lower Mckenzie and Willamette Rivers including the upper Middle Fork near Oakridge continue to fish well. Beautiful Fall weather looks like it’s here to stay for a while longer. We are seeing more mayflies and more October Caddis each … Continue reading

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Fall Guide Special on now through November 2020

We are offering a shortened half day trip on our local waters for trout and steelhead September 25-November 30th. The cost of the trip is $375. The trip includes guided fishing and equipment for one or two anglers. The trip … Continue reading

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