Category Archives: McKenzie River

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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Jay’s CDC McKenzie Green Caddis Fly

In this video, Jay ties what he describes as a “hunting” type of dry fly, The CDC McKenzie Caddis. In May or June as people await the famous stone fly hatches of Oregon known as the “salmon fly hatch” another … Continue reading

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‘Extreme draining’ of Oregon reservoir eliminates invasive species, helps endangered salmon

By Kale Williams | The Oregonian/OregonLive   Turns out, if you want a river to act like it did before it was dammed, you just have to drain the reservoir the dam created. Letting a river return to its natural … Continue reading

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Higher Spring Flows on the McKenzie – Better Hatches – Good Fishing – May 2019

Post spawn rainbows are responding well to nymphs and dries. Best flies have been Brillon’s Lucent Jig, Chubby Chernobyls, brown and green caddis.     There are a few Bull Trout migrating through the mid McKenzie at the moment.   … Continue reading

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Lower McKenzie River Blockage May 2nd, 2019

From KVAL NEWS:   SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Two trees are down across nearly the entire width of the McKenzie River about a mile upstream of Bellinger Landing, Lane County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol deputies warned Wednesday. “At current river levels, … Continue reading

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We need your voice. Urge Oregon lawmakers to LET LEABURG GO!

From the Native Fish Society. Today, we need your help encouraging the State of Oregon to shutter the deadbeat Leaburg Fish Hatchery on Oregon’s iconic McKenzie River. Right now, Oregon lawmakers are considering whether to provide funding to keep Leaburg … Continue reading

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