Category Archives: McKenzie River

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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Fishing on the McKenzie Remains Strong

Water levels have come down a bit and hatches are increasing the McKenzie River. We are looking at a cool down in terms of weather that will turn the lower river on and have then entire river fishing well. Look … Continue reading

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CORPS, ODFW SIGN HATCHERY CONTRACTS

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued two contracts recently to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the operation of five hatcheries and the production of salmon and steelhead to offset … Continue reading

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McKenzie River Fly Fishing Report Late August 2017

The McKenzie River remains our best bet locally and water conditions remain excellent. I have been seeing more and more insects over the past few days. Small tan caddis, a few Grey Drakes and Mahogany Duns have been available to … Continue reading

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Hot Weather and Higher Flows on the McKenzie

Fishing was surprisingly good yesterday on the upper McKenzie. Higher flows out of Cougar Reservoir and Blue River seemed to spurn activity despite the heat. 100 degrees plus heat meant mid day hatches were zero but fishing a mid sized … Continue reading

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Your Input Needed on the McKenzie

From the McKenzie River Trust As many of you know, In 2016 McKenzie River Trust purchased 278 acres from Roseboro Lumber Company including the Finn Rock Boat Landing on the McKenzie River. As we work towards developing our conservation management … Continue reading

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Summer Water Conditions in the Willamette Valley

Water levels have dropped, hatches have diminished and there are more folks out fishing than almost anytime of year. Sound like a great recipe for tough fishing? Well, it can be. High sun in the afternoon can be tough, trout … Continue reading

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Who We Are Series Post 11: Chris Daughters

This series of posts is meant to introduce all of you terrific tiers and cool customers to our small, but fantastic team of anglers here at The Caddis Fly Angling Shop. Each employee answered a number of questions about their fishing expertise, … Continue reading

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Walk The Land Day – Join The McKenzie River Trust for a Day at Green Island

All day on June 24th – Here is a link to the days events, maps, and details. – http://www.mckenzieriver.org/events/walk-the-land/

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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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Spring has Sprung – McKenzie River Fishing Great Top To Bottom

The McKenzie River’s flows have dropped into fine shape. This past week I was able to fish the very lower river, (Hayden Bridge to Armitage State Park) the middle river, (Finn Rock to Ben and Kay Doris) and the upper … 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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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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Lower Mckenzie Fishing Report 4/10/17

The Caddis Fly Shop end of the week crew took a day and headed out to the lower Mckenzie.   Please, no adjustment of your monitor is necessary. The blue stuff in the pic above was just a momentary lapse in darkness, and … 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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