Category Archives: Middle Fork Willamette River fishing

Summer Water Conditions in the Willamette Valley

Water levels have dropped, hatches have diminished and there are more folks out fishing than almost anytime of year. Sound like a great recipe for tough fishing? Well, it can be. High sun in the afternoon can be tough, trout … Continue reading

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Middle Fork of the Willamette Water Levels Plummet

Wading anglers will be pleased about yesterdays significant water level reduction out of Hills Creek Dam. Fishing was good all day subsurface with Jigged Mega Prince nymphs. We caught a few fish on Golden Stone adults as well. Small brown … Continue reading

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What is the best time of year to fish the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers?

Cloudy days in June when the temperature cracks 65 degrees are pretty hard to beat. Gray and Green Drakes, Pale Morning Duns, Blue Winged Olives, Brown Caddis, and Green Caddis are present. The rivers are generally at “full” levels and … Continue reading

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High Water but Good Fishing on Local Waters

The McKenzie and Willamette Rivers are looking great for water this year. Although wading can be challenging (be careful out there) fishing has been quite good for those who have ventured out into the high and green flows of our … Continue reading

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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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Home Waters – The Willamette Project – TU Meeting

Greg Taylor, Fisheries Biologist for the Army Corp of engineers will provide an update on the Willamette project. Greg Taylor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide an update on the federal agency’s efforts under the Endangered Species … 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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Middle Fork of the Willamette Fishing Well Top To Bottom – June 2016

Water levels have dropped on the Middle Fork of the Willamette recently and fishing has remained very good. Wading anglers can now access much of the water between Hills Creek Reservoir and Lookout Point Reservoir with relative ease. For those … 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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Middle Fork of the Willamette: High Water and Fishing Well

The Middle Fork of the Willamette is running high and green. Fishing has been really good. The Green McKenzie Caddis hatch has been prolific. On overcast days the hatch has been all day, on brighter days the afternoon evening Green … 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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Middle Fork of the Willamette Winter Trout Fishing 2016

Thanks very much to Sam Parker for sharing his report on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. My daily commute to work of late has been laced with a bit of depression as I glimpsed the Willy Wonkish river … Continue reading

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Middle Fork of the Willamette Still Fishing Well

Despite all of the recent rains, the Middle Fork near Oakridge is still in good shape and the trout are still willing to eat a fly. On my recent trip to the Middle Fork, I was able to nymph up … Continue reading

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