Category Archives: Lower Willamette

March Brown Hatch Best in Years on the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers

Clay and I floated the lower Mckenzie on into the Willamette, from Armitage to Cross Roads ramp this Tuesday. Fish were rising from the start of our float around 10am. I had to pry the indicator rod from Clay’s hands … Continue reading

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McKenzie and Willamette Continue to Fish Well

The weekend forecast is looking great for weather and water conditions on our local rivers. Be prepared for March Browns around 2pm and blizzard caddis hatch’s to develop as the days warm. Swinging traditional wets like Cahills, March Brown Wets … Continue reading

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March Brown Hatch on the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers

March Brown mayflies are emerging on the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers daily. Best time to see fish rising to adult March Browns has been from about 1:30 to about 3:30. Best fly patterns have been the High and Dry March … Continue reading

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Pollution in Paradise

Many readers of this blog probably have a few Willamette steelhead in their grip and grin photo collections, but it’s important to remember that not so long ago, the Willamette wasn’t much of a river. Pollution in Paradise is a … Continue reading

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Mid Day Best on the McKenzie

A plethora of insects are still emerging on the Mckenzie and Middle fork of the Willamette Rivers. Good numbers of Blue Winged Olives, Lesser Green Drakes, small Orange Caddis, October Caddis and even a few Short Winged Stoneflies remain important … Continue reading

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A Little Rain Doesn’t Mean It’s Over for Local Fly Fishing

Fishing on the McKenzie and Willamette has been great the past few days, warmer nights and a bit of rain during the day is a welcome change. Fish are dialed into smaller bugs as well as October Caddis. Try swinging … Continue reading

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McKenzie and Willamette Rivers Fall Fishing Update

Our weather has been fantastic of late. Cool mornings and warm afternoons, gorgeous Fall light and great fishing conditions. Water levels remain good and fishing opportunities are to numerous to attack them all. The upper McKenzie is fishing well throughout … Continue reading

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Willamette River Fishing Well Top to Bottom

Let’s start near the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers where cooler days and more shade has the native Cutthroat and Rainbow trout looking up for small caddis patterns, Parachute Adams, and even some large Stonefly Patterns like the … Continue reading

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Flies and Tactics for Summer Conditions on the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers

Water levels have dropped considerably and the fish are acting like Summer is officially here. Low clear water means smaller flies, lighter tippets and longer leaders. It’s time to swap the 3x and 4x for 5x and 6x Tippet. If … Continue reading

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Steelhead in Town

Greg Hatten who recently ran his drift boat down the Colorado, yes that’s the one with Lava Falls and giant rafts brings us this local report. You can see more about Greg’s journey down the Colorado here. Father & son … Continue reading

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McKenzie and Willamette River Reports

The McKenzie and Willamette Rivers have dropped considerably of late and are in fine shape for fishing. Warmer weather has brought about some excellent hatches and fishing has been good throughout both river systems. Nymphing has been consistently effective but … Continue reading

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McKenzie and Willamette River Spring Fly Selection

Our local rivers are still swollen, but they are clear and in shape to fish. The lower McKenzie and Willamette Rivers are seriously rested folks, and despite the current outgoing “smolt-fest”, and blizzard Grannom Caddis emergence, there is some good … Continue reading

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Spring Break Fishing Outlook

This past weeks nasty weather brought rivers up and out of their banks. Those rivers have come back down to “fishable” conditions and this weeks trends inland and on the coast are pretty good. It’s been an outstanding Winter Steelhead … Continue reading

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March Madness is here: Time for trout fishing

Ok, I confess, I have been not out on the Lower Mckenzie or the Middle Fork. I have succumbed to a severe case of “winter steelhead fever”, and shop time. My fever has subsided, I have regained consciousness, and ready … Continue reading

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The March Brown Hatch Is On!

The new season, though not yet fully sprung, is actively springing. Crocuses and Daffodils are blooming, buds are on the branches, stream-side willows are in fuzz, and of course, the March Brown hatch is in full swing. Previous to the … Continue reading

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