Category Archives: Middle Fork Willamette River fishing

Willamette Falls Fish Counts Up – Water Levels Down

Last year was an absolutely miserable local steelhead year. This time last year their were approximately 1000 summer steelhead over Willamette Falls. Those 1000 spread in the Willamette, McKenzie and Santiam River systems, so catching them last year was rare … Continue reading

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Rainy Weekend – Hatches on the McKenzie and Willamette

High pressure gives way to an overcast, showery “mayfly friendly” weekend. Fishing has been excellent on the McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette Rivers of late. Look for that fishing to be more surface focussed and even better this … Continue reading

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Spring Fishing Report April 25, 2018

The weather in the Willamette Valley has been all over the map lately. Depending upon the day fishing conditions have varied greatly as well. On bright days with air temperatures in the 70s we are seeing snow melt slow the … Continue reading

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Spring Flies that catch fish on the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers 2018

With trout fishing starting to kick back into gear we wanted to put together a quick video showing some of the flies that are working well on the Mckenzie and Willamette right now. Nymphs Mega Prince #6 #8 and #10 … Continue reading

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Fall Guide Special on Now through November 2017

We have had some serious rain recently and river levels have really come up. A more settled pattern is developing and it looks like we will have an extended trout season. We are offering a shortened half day trip on … Continue reading

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Fall Guide Special on Now through November 2017

We are offering a shortened half day trip on our local waters for trout and steelhead for the rest of October and November. The cost of the trip is $325. The trip includes guided fishing and equipment for two anglers. … Continue reading

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Local Rivers Get a “Freshen Up”

Recent rains have caused the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers to rise quite a bit. This fresh water surge is sure to push fish into a “fall feeding mode”. Cooler water temps, lower light conditions, and increased insect activity will make … Continue reading

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CORPS, ODFW SIGN HATCHERY CONTRACTS

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued two contracts recently to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the operation of five hatcheries and the production of salmon and steelhead to offset … Continue reading

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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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