The Caddis Fly Angling shop offers a number of guided trips. Read below for descriptions and photos, and call the shop to schedule your trip: 541-342-7005.
McKenzie River Trout Fishing
The McKenzie River offers great fly fishing for wild trout almost year round. Throughout the spring, big wild redside rainbows cruise the lower river looking for big stoneflies and March Brown mayflies. Dry fly action can be hot, even when the weather is still cold. Lots of cutthroats throughout this section as well.
Through the summer, anglers will head upriver to the rapid strewn, classic sections of the McKenzie. Anglers will ply the turquoise, turbulent waters with an expert oarsman. You just might catch Bigfoot.
Fall is a fantastic time to fish the McKenzie, as foliage changes, summer crowds thin and the October Caddis hatch begins going off. It’s also the time of year we host the Annual McKenzie River Two-Fly Tournament, because it’s often when you can catch your biggest trout of the year.
Middle Fork Willamette Trout Fishing
The Upper Willamette River is an excellent option for fly fishing for native trout, flowing out of the springs in the foothills of the Cascades just south of Oakridge, OR. There are some very large, wild fish in the Upper Willamette, and plenty of insect activity. This river has a different character from the McKenzie, but the hatch timing and fishing can be very similar.
Willamette River Steelhead
The Willamette River runs through downtown Springfield and Eugene, and can produce some monster hatchery steelhead throughout the late summer and early fall. The river can be surprisingly gorgeous despite this urban setting, and when the fishing is on, it’s fantastic. Good spey casting water, as well as opportunities to fish for steelhead out of the boat.
“Caddis Fly Guide Service LLC operates under a special use permit with the Willamette National Forest and is an equal opportunity outdoor recreation service provider.”
Oregon Winter Steelhead
Anybody can fish for steelhead when it’s 80-degrees and sunny, but if you want to catch the big boys, you have to fish the winter run. Winter steelheading can be amazing — dripping coastal rainforests, steelie-green water, chromed out fish sliding in on each incoming tide.
There is nothing better than waking up on a cool, clear morning at camp on the Deschutes River, grabbing a coffee and jumping into your waders. Your spey rod is already strung up, and you know you’ve got the first shot at the run below. You deserve at least one morning like that in your life.
North Umpqua Steelhead
So how many times are you going to get skunked before you break down and hire somebody? Let’s face it — there are a whole lot of giant steelhead in the North Umpqua River, and I’ll be damned if I can catch any of them. But the Caddis Fly Shop employs guides who know the river’s fabled runs and fat wild steelies by name. Seriously, save yourself years of heartache and just book a guide for this one.
Cedar Lodge New Zealand
We purchased Cedar Lodge on the South Island of New Zealand in 2013. Cedar Lodge lies on the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park. For over 30 years the unique location and owner operated helicopter program have separated Cedar Lodge from other New Zealand fly fishing destinations.
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New Zealand is famous for it’s sight fishing, and at Cedar Lodge we do prefer to sight fish to large trout with dry flies, but who doesn’t? The rivers we fly into are generally very manageable in terms of wading and often we are not standing in the water while casting. South Island Rivers are clear, the trout can be spooky but your guide will aid you in your approach, cast, fly selection and strike. Few things are more exciting than watching a 5+ pound rainbow or brown trout swim off the bottom to grab a dry fly bobbing along the surface.
A Typical Day
Your typical day at the lodge looks something like this:
Coffee is served around 7am, breakfast at 8am, by 9am we begin shuttling groups of anglers and guides to incredibly beautiful trout rivers. Lunch is served streamside in between gorgeous runs and pools where fish between three and nine pounds reside. You’ll return to our intimate lodge (only 4 rooms) between 5 and 6pm for your favorite beverage and hors d’oeurves. At 7pm dinner is served.
Our Lodge lies along the banks of the Makarora River. Just past our paddock /5 hole golf course are gorgeous views of Mount Aspiring National Park. The lodge has 4 rooms, a lounge and dining area. Rooms are twin single accommodation with all the modern conveniences including in-room Wi-Fi. Each room has an ever-changing view of the rugged South Island.
For rates and more information please visit Cedarlodge.net
All trips are available through the Caddis Fly Shop. Call 541-342-7005 to talk pricing, fishing conditions, gear, availability, etc.