Category Archives: McKenzie River

Lower McKenzie Fly Fishing Heating Up

Cooler weather has the fishing on the lower McKenzie improving. Thanks to Andrew Shipman for this report. Hi Chris – Quick report on the lower McKenzie. Couple buddies and I were able to get out of our father responsibilities and … Continue reading

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Fall Fishing Getting Epic: McKenzie and Willamette Fishing Great

Fall is here in the Willamette Valley and our local fisheries have really turned on. The McKenzie in it’s entirety has been fishing great, the Middle Fork of the Willamette has dropped down and is very “wadable” with a 722cfs … Continue reading

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Willamette and McKenzie Rivers Fishing Well

It feels like an early Fall season is upon us. The past few days on the river have been cooler, and several species of mayflies have been emerging. Gray Drakes, lesser Green Drakes and Blue Winged Olives have been available … Continue reading

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A Hint of Fall in the Air: Local Fishing is on the Improve

Dry fly fishing in the morning and evening has been considerable better lately on the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers. The further removed we are from those blistering hot days of July the better the fishing has been. Water levels remain … Continue reading

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Local Waters Low and Clear – Fishing Best Morning and Evening

While it’s not quite officially Summer it sure feels like it! The McKenzie and Willamette Rivers are running at levels very much unfamiliar to us at this time of year. Rivers are crystal clear and often moving at a snails … Continue reading

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Local Fly Fishing Conditions Excellent

The McKenzie and Willamette rivers continue to fish well with unseasonably low flows and good hatches. If you have been concentrating on the lower aspects of the two river you may want to move up a bit during the day, … Continue reading

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McKenzie River Fishing Well Spring 2015

Cloudy cool conditions are the perfect recipe for hatches on the McKenzie River. Anglers can expect Pale Morning Duns, Green McKenzie Caddis, March Browns and a few darker brown caddis hatching on lower McKenzie below Leaburg Dam. On the upper … Continue reading

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Lower Mckenzie Report Spring 2015

The Lower Mckenzie continues to fish well as April comes to a close.  As is the case during Spring, the fishing is quite dependent on the weather.  Cloudy days with intermittent showers have been the best because its when we’re … Continue reading

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Best Local Flies Spring 2015

It’s the general trout season opener this weekend. While many folks have been enjoying some fine fishing on the lower McKenzie everything else opens up Saturday morning! The following is a list of fly patterns that have been effective this … Continue reading

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McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival This Saturday

Celebrating the history, the form and the function of the wooden white water boat that was invented here on McKenzie River. Held on the lawns of Eagle Rock Lodge from 10am until 5pm in the afternoon. View over fifty wooden … Continue reading

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Upper McKenzie River logging proposal: Goose Island

The Goose Island Timber sale is back. The plan to log more than 2000 acres (including in a large unroaded area and century-old, never-before-logged forests) was successfully challenged in court in 2013. Unfortunately, the new analysis makes few changes to … Continue reading

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Lower McKenzie River Fly Fishing Report: Spring 2015

It was great to get back to my home waters this past week. The McKenzie is at “early summer” water levels and fishing is full on. We put in at Hayden Bridge around 10:45am and immediately noticed mayflies on the … Continue reading

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Lower Mckenzie Report 4/8/15

Caught a ride in Andrew’s boat and hit the lower Mckenzie this week. We were not disappointed. Anglers should look to the mid to late afternoon for hatches. We caught a massive black caddis hatch, followed by a brief March … Continue reading

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Lower McKenzie Fishing Well mid-day

Although I have remained focused on late run winter steelhead and lingcod in the coastal zone, I hear from the most reliable sources that the McKenzie has been fishing very well of late. A quick conversation with Clay revealed some … Continue reading

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Lower Mckenzie River Fly Fishing Report

Its been a few years for a February to bring such sunny and warm weather. This unusual weather pattern has brought attention to the Lower Mckenzie much sooner than anticipated. On a recent trip the Lower Mckenzie produced a couple of … Continue reading

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