Category Archives: Middle Fork Willamette River fishing

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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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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