Category Archives: McKenzie River

Fall Guide Special on now through November 2020

We are offering a shortened half day trip on our local waters for trout and steelhead September 25-November 30th. The cost of the trip is $375. The trip includes guided fishing and equipment for one or two anglers. The trip … Continue reading

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Fall Fishing Report McKenzie and Willamette Rivers

With a heavy heart in light of recent wildfires in and around the Mckenzie river corridor, I fished the lower river Sunday and Tuesday. Fishing was really good! Hatches were nearly non existent, a few caddis a few mahogany duns … Continue reading

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Holiday Farm Fire Resources – How Local Businesses and Individuals can Help

Use the links in the above image to give what you can to our community members in need. 1. Give Time – Volunteer: http://mckenzieriver.org/volunteer 
2. Give Money – United Way Wildfire Response Fund: http://unitedwaylane.org/wildfires 
3. Give & Get Statewide Resources … Continue reading

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Holiday Farm Fire Sept 13th 2020

Matt Labounty’s drift boat remains were the only thing left on his property. We continue to feel the pain along with so many others as much of the McKenzie River corridor has been damaged as a result of the Holiday … Continue reading

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ODFW Fishing Regulations and Your Input

Dear Oregon Anglers, I would like to gather ideas for positive, conservation-oriented regulation changes needed for wild fish and start working them through ODFW’s staff process starting early in 2021. I would be grateful if anglers would share any rule … Continue reading

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Win on the Willamette! – Native Fish Society Rewild the Willamette

From The Native Fish Society Court finds Army Corps’ dam operations harm salmon and violate the Endangered Species Act We are excited to share a big win for Oregon’s Willamette Basin and its wild fish! Today, Chief Judge Hernandez of … Continue reading

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August Fishing Tactics for Local Waters

Let’s be honest early August is not the best time on our local waters. Hatches are generally minimal and best hours for surface activity are early and late. It’s a great time to head to the smaller waters in the … Continue reading

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McKenzie and Willamette Fishing Report : Early August 2020

Hot weather and low water are pretty normal for early August. Add a full moon and quite a bit of fishing pressure and you have a recipe for some pretty tough mid day fishing on many of our local waters. … Continue reading

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Warm Temperatures and Low Flows – Summer Tactics for Fishing in the Willamette Valley – July 2020

The McKenzie and Willamette Rivers have settled into summer low water stages and mid day fishing has slowed a bit. Fishing has remained solid morning and evening with a variety of bugs and tactics. As the sun moves directly over … Continue reading

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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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