Category Archives: McKenzie River

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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McKenzie Dropping into Shape and Nymphing well

The McKenzie River has dropped nearly 4000 cubic feet per second over the last six days and is now in really nice “high water spring shape”.     Nymphing is good right now with stonefly nymphs, wormy patterns, larger jigged … Continue reading

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High Water Photos from the McKenzie River

Above photo taken at Belinger Ramp on the lower McKenzie. Just off Camp Creek Road Another angle at Belinger Deerhorn Bridge Eweb Ramp’s parking lot under water Silver Creek Ramp Blue River Ramp Thanks very much to Mike Reardon for … Continue reading

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March Brown Weather all Week – April 2019

We had a nice day out on the McKenzie/Willamette from Armitage to Christensen Landing yesterday. The Grannom Caddis hatch was in full swing. Although not as heavy as it can be, the warmth of the day saw swarming caddis on … Continue reading

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Spring Guide Trip Special 2019

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. If you would like … Continue reading

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UPSTREAM – An evening with Barry Lopez

Tickets On Sale Now Upstream An Evening with Barry Lopez Writer, Humanitarian, Philosopher April 16th, 7:30pm The Shedd Institute, Eugene Tickets: $15 Adults / $10 Students Join the McKenzie River Trust for a launch event for Horizon, the latest from … Continue reading

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