Category Archives: Middle Fork Willamette River fishing

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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Middle Fork of the Willamette River Fishing Report

We decided to give the Middle Fork of the Willamette a shot this past Tuesday. I knew the river would be low and I knew there was potential for smoke. Both bore out true of course… Driving up HWY 58 … 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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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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Low Water Arrives Early July 2021

We knew it was coming and here we are. Low water will likely remain for the rest of the summer. While it’s a little scary for water temps and habitat it does give anglers unprecedented access to water. More on … Continue reading

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Jigged Stonefly Nymph Fly Tying Video

In this video, Justin ties a fantastic jigged stonefly pattern. The fly doesn’t have much bulk to it, and will sink like a stone for sure. Bouncing this stonefly off the river bottom on any nymph rig using nearly any … Continue reading

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Phlashy Pheasant Tail Jig Nymph Fly Tying Video

Today we have another jig nymph tied by Justin Helm. This fly is a great guide fly; the “phlashy pheasant jig” is an attractor pattern that is quick to tie, versatile, and fishes great. Mix and match different colors in … Continue reading

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Justifier Nymph Fly Tying Video

Today Justin ties his variation of another local guide Clay Holloway’s pattern, the Clay Maker. Clay’s original is tied with a flashy copper body, and Justin makes a change to the fly with a peacock colored theme. Justin fished the … Continue reading

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Bed Head Steelhead Muddler Fly Tying Video

Today Alex ties for us his favorite steelhead muddler in a pink, red, and claret colorway. A versatile framework, this fly can be tied in any combination of colors with many different materials. The muddler is a tried and true … Continue reading

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Fishing Report – Early May McKenzie River

Spring continues to be productive on the McKenzie and Middle Willamette Rivers. Hotter days with cooler nights has been the trend and the fishing seems to fluctuate depending on temperatures, cloud cover, and hatches. March Browns are still active, but … Continue reading

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Fishing Report – Middle Fork Willamette – Late April 2021

Spring is my favorite time of the year to fish the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers. Cool days, light rain, and overcast skies make the Dry Fly Fisher drool with excitement. After a very unseasonably warm April, cooler temperatures and rain … Continue reading

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Local Fishing Report end of April 2021 – McKenzie and Willamette Rivers

I have been out of town for the past ten days or so and asked the staff to chime in with current conditions for the McKenzie and Willamette. Owen Grigsby was first: Bright sunny days can make McKenzie fishing difficult … Continue reading

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Spring 2021 Guide Special on Now through April 15th

Each Spring we are reminded of how fortunate we are to have the Lower McKenzie and Willamette rivers within such close proximity to the Eugene area. When conditions align, there is potential for exceptional trout fishing. Current water conditions and … Continue reading

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