Category Archives: McKenzie River

Local Fishing Report – Fall Fly Patterns

The McKenzie and Willamette Rivers received a “freshen up” last weekend. While rivers came up quickly they came right back down into great shape. Water temperature have dropped a bit but fishing has remained excellent. This time of year is … Continue reading

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What Happens To Native Trout Fisheries When We Remove Competing Hatchery Stock – The McKenzie River Example

Two of the smartest fish bio guys I know collaborated to create the article below. Dave Thomas and Arlen Thomasen ( author of the best bug book out there “Bugwater“) also were participants/leaders in the McKenzie River Trout study referenced … Continue reading

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Vinyl Jig Midge Fly Tying Instructional Video

Hey y’all. I tied this fly up, along with the Golden Stone jig nymph from an earlier video, at the end of July, when we were already experiencing tough, low water conditions that we would normally see at the end … Continue reading

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Fall is in the air – Local Fishing Heating Up

Water temps are ideal on the upper McKenzie River and each cooler night we have going forward will help the Lower river cool down as well. More bugs are present each day. Gray Drakes, October Caddis, Blue Winged Olives and … Continue reading

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Long-term closure on four-mile section of McKenzie River Trail from Knoll Fire

From the USFS- August 19,2021 McKenzie Bridge, Ore., Aug. 19, 2021 — The Knoll Fire on the McKenzie River Ranger District has transitioned back to the local unit. The 544-acre lightning-caused Knoll Fire is located seven miles northeast of McKenzie … Continue reading

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Cooler Temperatures mid August – Fishing Remains Solid on the McKenzie

Fishing with smaller nymphs and a variety of dry flies has been good on the McKenzie River. Water levels are low and water temperatures are a bit higher than normal but the fishing above Leaburg Dam is solid. It’s a … Continue reading

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Knoll Fire on the McKenzie Causes Closure of a Portion of the McKenzie

Marine Board Issues Temporary Rule to Close Portion of McKenzie River The Oregon State Marine Board issued a temporary closure on a portion of the McKenzie River to recreational boating due to the Knoll Fire reaching the riverbank and burned, … Continue reading

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Golden Stone Jig Nymph Fly Tying Instructional Video

In this video, Alex Worth ties another good low water jig nymph for the dog days of summer. Fish this on a dry dropper or tight line nymphing setup and you’ll be sure to find some success. Note to the … Continue reading

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Extended Body Green Drake Fly Tying Instructional Video

In this fly tying instructional video, Alex ties up an extended body green drake that he’s cooked up over the past year. Extended body dries float exceptionally well, which makes them a great fit for the fast broken surface of … Continue reading

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Summer Tactics for Local Waters August 2021

I wish we were discussing high water tactics in August of 2021…. Fish like water as we all know. It’s going to be a very interesting summer with extreme drought conditions wreaking havoc on numerous watersheds across the state of … Continue reading

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Restoration Underway at Finn Rock Reach – McKenzie River

From McKenzie River Trust With the help of local partners, engineers, contractors, and the support of our members, McKenzie River Trust broke ground on our riparian restoration project at Finn Rock Reach in late June. This project, designed over the … Continue reading

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Clark’s Tying Yarn Twisted Body Salmonfly Fly Tying Instructional Video

In this video, Caddis Fly Shop Outfitters guide Justin Helm ties a very fishy salmonfly dry fly by twisting up a two-toned body made of Clark’s Yarn material. With many different colors now carried at the Caddis Fly Shop, now … Continue reading

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Brewing for Recovery: Claim 52’s Groundswell

Raise a glass to recovery and resilience tomorrow, Wednesday, July 21st from 4:30pm-7:30pm at Claim 52’s Kitchen in downtown Eugene Groundswell is a Northwest Pale Ale brewed to celebrate the McKenzie River – it’s clear, refreshing, river-forward and balanced with … Continue reading

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Obstructions Removed on the McKenzie River

Obstructions at Martins Rapids and near Paradise Campground have been removed improving navigation of all craft in low summer flows. Oregon State Marine Board took care of the Martins hazard. You can view other obstructions and potential boating hazards here: … Continue reading

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Restoring Floodplain Function at Finn Rock Reach on the McKenzie River

Driving east up Hwy 126 past Vida puts one through the Holiday Farm fire zone all the way to approximately mile post 45. There is a lot of heavy equipment up there clearing road-side trees, fixing lines, and much more. … Continue reading

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