Category Archives: McKenzie River

Spring Fishing Report April 1, 2020

Fishing on the McKenzie and Willamette has been very good the past three weeks. Both the lower and upper sections of both rivers have been fishing well, and with low water levels and some warmer days, dry fly fishing during … Continue reading

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Early Spring Mckenzie Fishing Report

My girlfriend and I decided to play hooky from work on Thursday (thanks, Greg) on the first over 60° day of the year. We fished the upper Mckenzie from Blue River to Silver Creek. Most of the fish we caught … Continue reading

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Spring Guide Special March 2020

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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Leaburg Canal to remain down through 2021

Anglers who know how great the lower McKenzie can be in late winter and early spring can rejoice and look forward to an even longer productive spring and summer season. Fish like water and there is no doubt in my … Continue reading

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Lower McKenzie and Willamette Fishing Well Late October 2019

My final day of guiding locally for 2019 was a memorable one. Good friend Pat Banks and I put my Ambush raft in at Armitage Park around 11am yesterday. Soupy fog enveloped the river and most the the Willamette Valley. … Continue reading

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Fall Fishing on the McKenzie October 2019

Cooler temperatures over the weekend kept the larger October Caddis and Short Winged Stoneflies from being overly active, but Blue Winged Olive hatches have been occurring daily. The warmest parts of the day have been the most productive on the … Continue reading

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Beautiful Fall Weather on the McKenzie and Willamette – A great week of fishing ahead

It’s been a strangely damp fall thus far, but the future cast is looking pretty sweet. The McKenzie and Willamette Rivers are fishing really well. The Middle Fork of the Willamette is down to 453 CFS below Hills Creek giving … Continue reading

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October Caddis Season is already here!

I know it’s early but this fall fishing season is upon us. The weather has changed considerably, salmon are spawning early, Grey Drakes, Blue Winged Olives and even October Caddis have been seen on the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers. It’s … Continue reading

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McKenzie River Fishing Report September 2019

Fall weather has kicked in and trout fishing on the McKenzie is fantastic. Best patterns are: Parachute Adams, Half Down Golden, Purple Para Rooster, Grey Drakes, Possie Buggers, Pheasant Tails, and Blue Winged Olives. The Lower McKenzie has plenty of … Continue reading

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McKenzie River Fly Fishing Report Late August 2019

Despite the past couple of days hot temperatures, Fall is in the air on the McKenzie River. Shadows are creeping in earlier in the afternoon, the suns position is “less directly overhead” and early fall hatches of midges, Grey Drakes … Continue reading

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Cooler Temps on Local Waters Improving Summer Fishing

Despite lower water conditions and less than impressive hatches the recent cloudy mornings and cooler temps have improved fishing on the McKenzie and Willamette rivers. Best fly patterns are: Jay’s Hi Tie Caddis FinFetcher Caddis Perry’s Bugmeister Jigged Frenchie Strolis … Continue reading

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McKenzie River Images July 2019

Todd Moen of Catch Magazine joined me on the upper McKenzie for some “continued product testing” of the Outcast Ambush Frameless Raft. Fishing was good and boating was a blast. I have been really impressed with how the Ambush will … Continue reading

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Summer Flies for Summer Water Conditions

Water levels are lower on the Mckenzie, Willamette and tributaries. Hatches have diminished but trout still need to eat. Focus efforts early and late and look for shade during the day. Smaller dries and nymphs (#14-16) are the way to … Continue reading

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Lower South Fork McKenzie River Floodplain Enhancement Project – Phase II

Phase II of the Lower South Fork McKenzie River Floodplain Enhancement Project is underway. The Project will enhance habitat conditions within a 0.6-mile section of the South Fork McKenzie River and restore the connection to over 20 acres of floodplain. … Continue reading

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McKenzie and Willamette Fishing Reports early June 2019

The McKenzie River remains high, significant reservoir releases and a good snow pack have combined to create a “big water” year. Water temperatures remain lower than ideal and hatches have not what you might call intense of late. We are … Continue reading

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