Category Archives: McKenzie River

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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Fall Guide Special for Local Trips in November

We are offering a shortened half day trip on our local waters for trout and steelhead for the month of November. The cost of the trip is $325. The trip includes guided fishing and equipment for two anglers. The trip … Continue reading

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Late October Local Fly Fishing Opportunities Remain

MCKENZIE RIVER:  KEY FLIES: October Caddis (#8, #10, #12), BWO (#18, #16) and Mega Prince (#8, #6). INTEL: The McKenzie River is riding a little high after the typhoon (yes, an honest to goodness typhoon) hit the Pacific Northwest last week, but … Continue reading

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2016 Two Fly Tournament Wrap Up

The murmurs of excited anglers mingled with the crackling of the fire in Hideaway Bakery’s portable pizza oven as we kicked off this year’s Two Fly Tournament Friday night. Fishermen noshed on freshly baked pies, made with love and care by Hideaway chefs and the gaggle of … Continue reading

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The Caddis Fly is donation 10% of sales today to the McKenzie River Trust

As part of our annual Two Fly Tournament we are donating 10% of sales to The McKenzie River Trust today. Come down and have a look at the new Fall line up of Patagonia clothing, SAGE X Rods, Nautilus X … Continue reading

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Excellent Fall Fishing to be had on the McKenzie River

Low water, low light, and good insect hatches have the McKenzie River fishing great. A great variety of hatches have the fish active throughout the warmest hours of the day. No need to get up early 10-4 is prime time … Continue reading

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Willamette Falls Fish Counts – Steelhead Numbers Looking Good for 2016

2016 is looking markedly better in terms of Summer Steelhead numbers in the Willamette River system. Below you will see the fish passage numbers for May in 2015 and May in 2016. The 2016 numbers are much closer to our … Continue reading

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McKenzie River Hatches in Full Swing

The McKenzie River is seeing a tremendous variety of hatches this late spring early summer season. Golden Stones, Green Drakes and rusty colored Caddis are some of the larger bugs(patterns in the 8-12 size range). Pale Morning Duns, Pink Ladies, … Continue reading

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McKenzie River Fishing Report Late May 2016

This week the McKenzie has been fishing great! The river is in fine shape and a great variety of insects are hatching. I spent a couple of days as camera boat with Todd Moen of Catch Magazine filming Carol Labranch … Continue reading

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McKenzie River Trust Protects Finn Rock

McKenzie River Trust recently purchased 122 acres of riverfront property on the Upper McKenzie. From the Register-Guard: The Trust finalized the purchase of the additional acreage, which includes the Finn Rock Boat Landing — which will remain open to the … Continue reading

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McKenzie and Willamette River Tactics for late April 2016

Cooler temperatures look to prolong traditional spring conditions this week. We have had a bump in water, although it’s already on the way back down (see photo). Water conditions will improve each day this week. Over the next few days … Continue reading

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Lower McKenzie Fishing Report April 2016

This past Wednesday Peter and I floated the lower McKenzie from Hayden Bridge to Armitage State Park. The water was in fine shape as you can see from the hydro plot below. There was little or no hatch until late … Continue reading

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Half Day Spring Guiding Special Extended

We are extending our spring half day special trout trips through April. Fishing lately has been very good, with consistent nymphing throughout the day and intermittent dry fly activity. The recent moderate amounts of precipitation have kept the river at … Continue reading

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