Category Archives: McKenzie River

McKenzie River Hopper Dropper June 2020

In this video, Hayden chases down a beautiful McKenzie River redside trout using a hopper-dropper setup. June has proven to be an excellent month for fishing the McKenzie. Early June started cloudy with rainy days here and there, but the … Continue reading

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McKenzie and Willamette Rivers Fishing Well mid June 2020

The McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette have been fishing really well. Hatches of Pale Morning Duns, Green Drakes, Blue Winged Olives and Brown Caddis have been strong during the last week of wet weather. Mayflies have been hatching … Continue reading

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Hendricks Bridge County Boat Ramp Closure

Hendricks Bridge Boat Launch will be closed from June 8-Oct 1st for improvements. Anglers who want to float downstream from Hendricks are advised to put in at Taylor Boat Launch at 40945-41483 Deerhorn Rd, Springfield, OR 97478. One could also … Continue reading

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Late May 2020 Fishing Report

Rivers and lakes around the state are turning on and fishing opportunities about. Here are few options and fly suggestions for the next couple of weeks. The McKenzie is at ideal water levels and a variety of hatches have fish … Continue reading

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ReWild the Willamette Action Alert – Add Threatened Species to Endangered

FROM THE NATIVE FISH SOCIETY Over the last month, we longed to connect to our communities. Wild salmon also share that longing to connect to their homewaters. The drive is so strong that they swim hundreds of miles, evade numerous … Continue reading

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April 2020 Covid 19 – Support Local Guide Businesses

Now is a good time to support the local-fishing-based small businesses that we rely on to enjoy the waters we love.  Pre-book a guided trip for later this season with your favorite local guide service. Many guides have suspended their … Continue reading

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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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