Category Archives: Middle Fork Willamette River fishing

Fall Guide Special on now through November 2020

We are offering a shortened half day trip on our local waters for trout and steelhead September 25-November 30th. The cost of the trip is $375. The trip includes guided fishing and equipment for one or two anglers. The trip … Continue reading

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Fall Fishing Report McKenzie and Willamette Rivers

With a heavy heart in light of recent wildfires in and around the Mckenzie river corridor, I fished the lower river Sunday and Tuesday. Fishing was really good! Hatches were nearly non existent, a few caddis a few mahogany duns … Continue reading

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ODFW Fishing Regulations and Your Input

Dear Oregon Anglers, I would like to gather ideas for positive, conservation-oriented regulation changes needed for wild fish and start working them through ODFW’s staff process starting early in 2021. I would be grateful if anglers would share any rule … Continue reading

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Win on the Willamette! – Native Fish Society Rewild the Willamette

From The Native Fish Society Court finds Army Corps’ dam operations harm salmon and violate the Endangered Species Act We are excited to share a big win for Oregon’s Willamette Basin and its wild fish! Today, Chief Judge Hernandez of … Continue reading

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August Fishing Tactics for Local Waters

Let’s be honest early August is not the best time on our local waters. Hatches are generally minimal and best hours for surface activity are early and late. It’s a great time to head to the smaller waters in the … Continue reading

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McKenzie and Willamette Fishing Report : Early August 2020

Hot weather and low water are pretty normal for early August. Add a full moon and quite a bit of fishing pressure and you have a recipe for some pretty tough mid day fishing on many of our local waters. … Continue reading

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Warm Temperatures and Low Flows – Summer Tactics for Fishing in the Willamette Valley – July 2020

The McKenzie and Willamette Rivers have settled into summer low water stages and mid day fishing has slowed a bit. Fishing has remained solid morning and evening with a variety of bugs and tactics. As the sun moves directly over … Continue reading

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McKenzie and Willamette Rivers Fishing Well mid June 2020

The McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette have been fishing really well. Hatches of Pale Morning Duns, Green Drakes, Blue Winged Olives and Brown Caddis have been strong during the last week of wet weather. Mayflies have been hatching … Continue reading

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ReWild the Willamette Action Alert – Add Threatened Species to Endangered

FROM THE NATIVE FISH SOCIETY Over the last month, we longed to connect to our communities. Wild salmon also share that longing to connect to their homewaters. The drive is so strong that they swim hundreds of miles, evade numerous … Continue reading

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April 2020 Covid 19 – Support Local Guide Businesses

Now is a good time to support the local-fishing-based small businesses that we rely on to enjoy the waters we love.  Pre-book a guided trip for later this season with your favorite local guide service. Many guides have suspended their … Continue reading

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Spring Fishing Report April 1, 2020

Fishing on the McKenzie and Willamette has been very good the past three weeks. Both the lower and upper sections of both rivers have been fishing well, and with low water levels and some warmer days, dry fly fishing during … Continue reading

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Fall Fishing on the McKenzie October 2019

Cooler temperatures over the weekend kept the larger October Caddis and Short Winged Stoneflies from being overly active, but Blue Winged Olive hatches have been occurring daily. The warmest parts of the day have been the most productive on the … Continue reading

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Beautiful Fall Weather on the McKenzie and Willamette – A great week of fishing ahead

It’s been a strangely damp fall thus far, but the future cast is looking pretty sweet. The McKenzie and Willamette Rivers are fishing really well. The Middle Fork of the Willamette is down to 453 CFS below Hills Creek giving … Continue reading

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October Caddis Season is already here!

I know it’s early but this fall fishing season is upon us. The weather has changed considerably, salmon are spawning early, Grey Drakes, Blue Winged Olives and even October Caddis have been seen on the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers. It’s … Continue reading

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Cooler Temps on Local Waters Improving Summer Fishing

Despite lower water conditions and less than impressive hatches the recent cloudy mornings and cooler temps have improved fishing on the McKenzie and Willamette rivers. Best fly patterns are: Jay’s Hi Tie Caddis FinFetcher Caddis Perry’s Bugmeister Jigged Frenchie Strolis … Continue reading

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