Category Archives: McKenzie River

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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Fishing Report: November Update

With the first decent rains projected this coming week, its a good time to check out some early opportunities. The coastal rivers, Elk, Sixes, Siletz, Siuslaw, and Alsea have been producing some fair to good action. Anglers are reporting action … Continue reading

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Fall Fishing Holding up in November

We are slated for a warmer night tonight and river levels are still low on the McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette. Enjoy some fishing before game time with the following patterns. Small nymphs off of Parachute Adams or … Continue reading

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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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