Category Archives: Proven Spring Fly Patterns

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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Jigged Nymphs: field trial and approval

Just a quick few thoughts on a series of mostly barbless jigged nymphs currently available at the Caddis fly shop. Many of you blog readers know that I am fond of fishing a small coastal lake near our family cabin … Continue reading

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Flies you Need in your Fly Box for Spring Fishing on the Mckenzie and Willamette

Here is a list of “go to” standard fly patterns for your local fishing over the next couple of weeks. Sizes may vary slightly and of course there are many other effective flies. These are your “don’t leave home without … Continue reading

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McKenzie and Willamette River Spring Fly Selection

Our local rivers are still swollen, but they are clear and in shape to fish. The lower McKenzie and Willamette Rivers are seriously rested folks, and despite the current outgoing “smolt-fest”, and blizzard Grannom Caddis emergence, there is some good … Continue reading

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March Brown Exciter Fly Tying Video

It has been a few years, maybe more than a few, since I have really focused on fishing the McKenzie. The old memory banks are full to the brim, however, with wonderful days spent fishing the Mack from Bellinger clear … Continue reading

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Ice Dub March Brown Emerger Fly Tying Video

March Browns are still coming off the water this spring, and the McKenzie is on the drop and fishable. Tie a few of these up and head out there. Ice Dub March Brown Emerger Hook: TMC 3761 # 12 Thread: … Continue reading

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Perfect Steelhead Stonefly Nymph – McKenzie Golden Stone

The effectiveness of this steelhead stonefly nymph is not limited to our backyard, but it is deadly hot on the McKenzie, Deschutes, and Rogue. As such, I would be willing to bet a dozen Squidros to a Dozen parachute Adams … Continue reading

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March Brown Klinkhammer Fly Tying Video

March Brown Klinkhammer Hook: Daiichi 1167 Klink Hook #10-14 Thread: UNI 6/0 Black Tail: Sparkle Emerger Yarn Brown Body: Stripped Hackle Quill or Quills 2 Post: Brown Caddis Para Post Thorax: Micro Fine Dub Red Quill Hackle: Brown/Grizzly or Cree

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Fly fishing for Shad in Oregon: Tony’s Shad Dart

May and June are prime months for Shad fishing on the Umpqua and Siuslaw Rivers in Oregon. The Umpqua gets a very reliable run around Elkton and the Yellow Creek area. In this video Tony Torrence demonstrates how to tie … Continue reading

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Dark Cahill Wet with Hidden Bead: Spring trout searching pattern for McKenzie, Willamette

The Dark Cahill wet fly with hidden bead is an excellent searching pattern on the McKenzie and Willamette rivers in the spring time. The body of this fly is made of Uni-yarn, an interesting alternative for folks who have a … Continue reading

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Klinkhammer Emerger March Brown

This March Brown pattern sits half in half out. It does a great job of imitating the may fly struggling to break the surface meniscus. The Klinkhammer will fool the pickiest of trout with it’s slim, sparse profile. Best results … Continue reading

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Mckees Rubber Legs Tungsten brown and yellow

More proven spring fly patterns: McKees Rubber Legs Tungsten brown and yellow We have been fishing this fly on the Middle Fork of the Willamette, Mckenzie and Deschutes for a few years now. It is an easy one to tie … Continue reading

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New trick soft hackle, yellow and purple

New Trick Soft Hackle Yellow: Most of our western rivers contain Pale Morning Duns and Little Yellow stones. This fly imitates the emergence of both insects, as well as hundreds of others. Fish this one down and across traditional wet … Continue reading

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Proven spring fly patterns for Oregon: Mega Prince

This is the first post in a series on proven spring fly patterns for Oregon. Send us your suggestions and patterns in the comments. Mega Prince: A hall of fame trout fly, white goose biots, peacock and rubber legs, this … Continue reading

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