Category Archives: Lower Willamette

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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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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