Guided Fly Fishing Trips

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.

McKenzie River Wild Trout

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.

Upper McKenzie River Trip 2008

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.

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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.

Willamette River Summer Steelhead

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.

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Deschutes River

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.

Deschutes River Fall Steelhead

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.

North Umpqua Winter Steelhead

Cedar Lodge New Zealand

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLp-ypiR1b4“>Lodge Video Link

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The Fishing

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.

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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.

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The Lodge

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.

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For rates and more information please visit Cedarlodge.net

Cayo Cruz Cuba Saltwater Adventure – Legal Fly Fishing Travel to Cuba

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The key to the 2016 season is that we will be traveling from Miami with a legal visa. Obviously this is going to open things up for anglers from America who have been hesitant. That does not mean that there will be more anglers going, the same number of skiffs and the same solitude and conservation that the operators feel very strongly about will remain. The only difference is that we are getting a chance to go legally along with the rest of the world. We have been leading groups to Cuba now for the past 5 years and can tell you that the fishing is amazing.
Link to latest trip reports: http://oregonflyfishingblog.com/2013/07/07/cayo-largo-2013-trip-report/

We have secured several weeks in 2016 on the Avalon 1 live aboard boat. The beauty of staying aboard the boat on the fishing ground is we will fish early in the day, come back for lunch and siesta and then fish evening. Fishing lower light and closer to the incredibly diverse marine park for longer hours each day is a fantastic program. Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit are all available each day during the trip.

General Information

Located on the north shore of the eastern province of Camaguey, the fishery Cayo Cruz and Cayo Romano is an enormous system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries. This marine park is 366 square kilometers in size, meaning that on the average day, each skiff has over 50 square kilometers to itself. The fishing area is virtually untouched and represents one of the cleanest and most biologically diverse ecosystems you will ever fish. The fish are plentiful and aggressive.

The flats are an inviting combination of hard packed white sand and a semi-firm mottled bottom that still provides good wading… and what a place this is for those who like to wade! The average sized bonefish is a healthy 4 pounds and during the course of the week it is not unheard of for guests to land a fish or two in the 10 pound range. Guests can expect to encounter and get shots at good numbers of permit each day, with a size range between 8 and 30 pounds. There are 4 of the 6 locations where it is possible to find migratory tarpons of good size.

Besides the fishing for permit, bonefish and tarpon, you will also cast for other challenging species such as mutton snapper, snook, cubera snapper, jack crevalle, barracuda, etc.
The best fishing period is from April to June, but there’s also good fishing from February to March and July to end August.

Avalon Fleet I is an intimate, comfortable and stylishly designed yacht, its overall capacity is 18 passengers and 8 crew members. We suggest between 8 and 12 anglers for optimum comfort. The design and interior decor give the yacht a touch of intimacy, refinement, a sense of warmth and simplicity. The boat has the perfect balance of substantial exploration capabilities and a unique and noble style.
There are 8 deluxe king cabins, with 7 private bathrooms, with air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs, as well as storage in drawers. Each room has panoramic windows to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Caribbean beaches.
There is a spacious and comfortable combination lounge, dining room and bar area on the boat deck. This is where you will do much of your socializing and dining.

Tackle and Equipment

Complete saltwater fly fishing tackle: #8 Wt; #10 Wt and #12 Wt. It is advisable to take at least two tackles for line #8 and #10; 1 (one) spare line WF 8 F and WF10 S. Sinking and Intermediate line for tarpon is highly recommended.
Leaders for Bonefish 9 feet and 13,2 lbs. shock tippet; leaders for Tarpon 50 or 60 lbs. and 80 or 100 lb. fluorocarbon shock tippet. Spools with 12, 20, 40 y 60-pound fluorocarbon tippets.
Flies for Bonefish: Crazy Charly; Gotcha; Bonefish Special; any kind of Shrimp; Clouser Minow.
Flies for Permit: Avalon´s Special Shrimp; Merkin´s Crab; Rag Head Crab; Nick´s Casablanca; Mc Crab; Perminator; etc.
Flies for Tarpon: Cockroach; Stu Apte; Seaducers; Sea Streamers; Tarpon Bunnies; etc.

Price for double occupancy

The package includes:

– Airport reception in La Habana
– 2 night accommodation in IBEROSTAR PARQUE CENTRAL
– Air tickets Havana – Cayo Coco – Havana and domestic transfers to the marina
– 6 night accommodation on yacht, full board/all inclusive
– 5 1/2 fishing days with professional guide and skiff
– Marine Park License

Park Central Hotel is in the heart of downtown Havana and your trip includes to nights and some time to explore.

It does not include:
Air to Miami
Air and legal license to La Habana (Havana) We handle this for you.
Meals and drinks in Havana, once on the boat everything is included.

Pricing and availability for Cayo Cruz aboard Avalon I
double occupancy.
Caddis fly open weeks for 2016
April 22-May-3-
June 3-June 11
June 10-June 18
June 17-25

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Cayo Largo Cuba

Cayo Largo del Sur, also known simply as Cayo Largo, is a small resort island belonging to Cuba, in the Caribbean Sea. It is the second-biggest island in Cuba’s Canarreos Archipelago. Cayo Largo is a limestone island, formed over millions of years from the remains of marine organisms, such as the ones that build coral reefs. Living coral reefs form one more attraction for tourists on this island, although coral bleaching has stressed some reef communities in the Caribbean.

The northern side of Cayo Largo, where the submarine shelf is extended, is the ideal environment for fly fishing enthusiasts: bonefish, permit, tarpon, jack crevalle and you’ll be able to see permits zipping and darting in and around schools of bonefish. The fishing area of Cayo Largo is a Natural Park of 27.000 square km and an average depth of 59 inches. The Canarreos Archipelago has about 350 islets and cays forming marvelous oasis in the Caribbean .

The south side of Cayo Largo is protected by a coral barrier and its white beach of fine sand and the flats, marks it out as a fantastic place for waders. The wide fishing area is subdivided in 38 micro-areas. The majority of Cayo Largo flats have firm bottom and provide a good wading, most days you will have the option of either fishing from the skiff or wading. Anglers choose to take advantage of the best time to spot bonefish and permit on the flats, usually from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. earlier and later.

Price for double occupancy

Package

Reception in Havana International Airport.
2 night accommodation in the IBEROSTAR Parque Central Hotel (first and last night).
Transfer Hotel – Domestic Airport – Hotel.
Air ticket Havana – Cayo Largo – Havana
Reception in Cayo Largo Airport and transfer in/out lodging.
7 night accommodation in Cayo Largo
6 full fishing days with bilingual guide and skiff.
Fishing License.

Accommodation


Cayo Largo has 2 options for accommodation which vary from each other:
Sol Melia Cayo Largo: The all-inclusive Resort is located on Cayo Largo del Sur. It is 177 km from Havana City and is 27 km of cool fine-grain white sandy beaches.

The Resort provides a broad array of services and attractions: a Club House for daytime activities, three restaurants, spanish classes, cocktail and cooking classes, party hall, karaoke night club, diving school nearby, health Center with gym, sauna, jacuzzi and steam bath, two tennis courts with artificial lighting, multi-purpose courts, bikes, ecological excursions, dancing classes, water sports center for non-motorized water sports, Cuban Club for cultural activities, and theater.

Villa Marinera: The villa is located next to the marina, head quarters of the AVALON fishing operation in Cayo Largo. It is a medium size complex with 10 lodge cabins, each of them equipped with 2 beds, private bathroom and air conditioning, balcony, TV and fridge. There’s a meeting place with swimming pool, lecture room and pool table with air conditioning, a bar and restaurant. All cabins have view sea view, and access to a small mangle / sand beach.

Tackle and Equipment

Complete saltwater fly fishing tackle: #8 Wt; #10 Wt and #12 Wt. It is advisable to take at least two tackles for line #8 and #10; 1 (one) spare line WF 8 F and WF10 S. Sinking and Intermediate line for tarpon is highly recommended.

Leaders for Bonefish 9 feet and 13,2 lbs. shock tippet; leaders for Tarpon 50 or 60 lbs. and 80 or 100 lb. fluorocarbon shock tippet. Spools with 12, 20, 40 y 60-pound fluorocarbon tippets.
Flies for Bonefish: Crazy Charly; Gotcha; Bonefish Special; any kind of Shrimp; Clowser Minow.
Flies for Permit: Avalon´s Special Shrimp; Merkin´s Crab; Rag Head Crab; Nick´s Casablanca; Mc Crab; Perminator; etc.
Flies for Tarpon: Cockroach; Stu Apte; Seaducers; Sea Streamers; Tarpon Bunnies; etc.

NOT INCLUDED: Airport taxes, cuban visa, personal insurance, transfer IN/OUT La Habana hotel/int’l airport, fishing equipment and flies, gratuities.

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GARDENS OF THE QUEEN Avalon Fleet II – Cuba

Caddis Fly Week
June 10-18- based on double occupancy

General Information
Situated on the Caribbean, Gardens of the Queen consists of a vast area with countless islands, reefs, beaches and flats forming a large archipelago of about 124 miles long. Over 249 miles separate Havana from Jucaro, the harbor with access to the fishing areas. Not only the area is known for its variety of fish and spectacular scuba diving, but also for the sport fish variety such as: bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, jack crevalle, barracuda, snapper, cubera, etc.

The fishing weeks on board the yachts run from Saturday to the following friday. The season in Gardens of the Queen is from mid-October to end of August. A normal week includes five full days of fishing and one to two half days depending on the schedule and mode of transportation to Jucaro. The fishing hours are totally at the discretion of the clients. The regular fishing day usually begins with breakfast at 7:00am, and your guides will be ready to depart for fishing from 7:45 am onwards. Most of the flats you will fish are within 15 minutes of the yacht or accommodation, and it is always nice to take a lunch break in the comfort and shade, back on board the boat. Relaxing for an hour or so before fishing the long afternoons, especially during the warm summer season, is always a good idea.

Package
Reception in Havana International Airport.
2 night accommodation in the IBEROSTAR Parque Central Hotel (first and last night).
Transfer Havana – Jucaro – Havana.
6 night accommodation in the floating hotel AVALON FLEET II, all meals and beverages (with limit) included.
5 full and 1 half fishing days with bilingual guide and skiff.
Fishing License.

Price for double occupancy
Our week of June

Accommodation
Avalon Fleet II is a brand new state-of-the-art vessel, larger than Avalon I with 10 deluxe cabin rooms, equipped with air conditioning and private bathrooms. Each room has panoramic windows to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Caribbean beaches. There is a spacious and comfortable combination lounge, dining room and bar area on the boat deck. In cabins and common areas there are electric sockets available for you to plug in your personal items.
Its overall capacity is 20 passengers and 9 crew members. We suggest between 10 and 16 anglers for optimum comfort. The design and interior decor give the yacht a touch of intimacy, refinement, a sense of warmth and simplicity. The boat has the perfect balance of substantial exploration capabilities and a unique and noble style.

Tackle and Equipment
Before traveling, we send a complete list of equipment and other elements to help your memory. The following is a summary of the most suggested equipment to keep in mind.
Rods: Two rods for saltwater minimum; one could be #8 and the other #10. We suggest taking 3 rods (one #8 Wt and two #10Wt).
Their correspondent reel with a good brake system with extra spool or an additional line, if you wish.
Leaders: Knotless leaders for bonefish (12,3 pound test) and 9 feet, and 20-pound-test shock tippet for permit. For tarpon 50 or 60-pound-test butt and 80 or 100-pound-test shock tippet (Hard). Several class tippet between 10 and 60 lbs.
Flies: For bonefish (hook #4, 6 and 8): Crazy Charly, Gotcha, Bonefish Special, any Shrimp pattern.
For permit (hook #2 and 4): Avalon´s Shrimp; Rag Head Crab, Del´s Merkin Crab, Secret Brown Crab.
For tarpon and snook (hook #1/0, 2/0 and 3/0): Black Death, Purple Death, Cockroach, Lefty´s Deceiver, Tarpon Toad, Tropical Punch and other different patterns (poppers, etc).
Others: Nippers, scissors, tweezers to remove hooks, boga grip (optional). Wading neoprene boots. Lightweight long-sleeve shirts and long pants. Wide brimmed hat to protect neck and ears. Polarized glasses. Sun Block SPF 40, strength waterproof sunscreens. Lightweight rain jacket. Insect repellent.

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ISLE OF THE YOUTH Perola Yacht – Cuba

General Information


The Isle of Youth is the second largest Cuban island and is located 70 miles to the southwest of mainland Cuba. The area is huge; more or less like Gardens of the Queen with white sandy beaches, mixed coral and deep turtle grass. The area is a marine park, and nearly all the cays offer good fishing. The Isle of Youth offers one of the best tarpon fishing in the Caribbean Sea, from giant tarpon in deep channels to juveniles on shallow flats or babies along mangrove shorelines. The Canarreos Archipelago is unbeatable with excellent bonefishing as well, some fish averaging over 5 lbs.

Snook, big size snapper, mouton snapper, horse eye jack and other species you can find in the flats and channels. Permit have been seen on 5 different flats, up to 20lbs. The area is very protected and rarely exists the chance of cancelling the fishing day for bad weather. Occasionally, there may be a short run to another spot through some rough water due to a cold front, but within a matter of minutes you will reach new flats away from the wind.

Package


Reception in Havana International Airport.
2 night accommodation at IBEROSTAR Parque Central Hotel (first and last night).
Transfer Hotel – Domestic Airport – Hotel.
Air ticket Havana – Nueva Gerona – Havana
Reception in Nueva Gerona Airport and transfer in/out Perola Yacht.
6 night accommodation in the Perola Yacht, all meals and beverages (with limit) included.
5 full and 2 half fishing days with bilingual guide and skiff.
Fishing License.

Accommodation


The Perola is a classy 75-foot luxury live-aboard yacht, recently refurbished and perfect for a group of six anglers. There are two double bedroom and two single bedrooms very comfortable with air-conditioning and private bath, with good showers and plenty of hot water.
The top deck is covered and always remains in the shade, but open to the sea breeze, insuring the guests a very comfortable and insect free environment. An air-conditioned salon on the main deck level can be utilized for a living and dining area in extremely harsh weather.
The cuisine on board the Perola is excellent, fresh fish of the day is used for most meals, either caught by the anglers themselves or harvested by the crew. Lobster and Conch are abundant and can catched on a daily basis from the surrounding waters. Salads with fresh vegetables and a variety of fruits are always available. In addition, you’ll have excellent pork and chicken entrees during the week, fresh sashimi for appetizers and traditional cuban deserts.

Tackle and Equipment


1 (one) rod #8 Wt, line WF8F and good saltwater reel. Backing 20 lbs no less than 150 yards.
2 (two) rods #10 Wt, line WF10F and another WF10S Intermediate. Good saltwater reel with 200 yards 30 lbs backing.
Optional: 1 (one) rod # 12 Wt, line WF12S Intermediate and spool with fast sinking line with (400 grains). Good saltwater reel with 250 or 300 yards 30 lbs backing.
6 (six) Leaders Bonefish 9 feet 13,2 lbs.
6 (six) Leaders Permit 9 feet and 16 to 20 lbs.
Fluorocarbon Spools tippet: 12 lbs.; 20 lbs.; 40 lbs.; 60 lbs. and 80 or 100 lbs.
Bonefish flies: Gotcha, Tan y Pearl Shrimp, Borski Bonefish Slider, Kwans, Crazy Charlie, Pearl Gotcha, Boogle Head, Clouser Minnow. Hooks #4 and #6.
Permit flies: Avalon’s permit fly, McCrab, Brown Special, Mantis Shrimp, Del’s Merkin. Hook #4 (tan, white and olive). Enrico Puglisi Palometa Crabs Tan and Beige (Hook #2).
Tarpon flies: Bunny Toad Tarpon (red and black, purple and black, red and yellow, olive, etc.), Orange/Yellow/Grizzly, Brown Cockroach, Black Death and a White/Grizzly Cockroach Deceiver, Black y Purple “Peanutbutter”. Hooks #2/0 to #4/0 (Aki Owner, TMC 600SP, Gamakatsu).
Recommended: Sun gloves, Stripping fingers, Clippers, Hook sharpener, Pliers, Insect repellent, Anti-itching cream, Sunscreen 40/50 SPF (Waterproof), Polarized sunglasses (ambar), Fly line cleaner, Light shirts “Columbia” or similar, Pants or shorts “Columbia” or similar, Cap, Light rain jacket “Breathable”, Neoprene wading boots, Sandals and Lantern.

Perola Pricing for 2016 based on double occupancy per angler, ideal number of anglers is six.

MAY 13th-21st
JUNE 03rd-11th
JUNE 17th-25th

NOT INCLUDED: International Air-ticket. Cuban visa voucher, OCEAN FOUNDATION’S license, extra night in Havana if needed, personal health insurance, extras in Havana, fishing equipment and flies, staff and guide gratuities.

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All trips are available through the Caddis Fly Shop. Call 541-342-7005 to talk pricing, fishing conditions, gear, availability, etc.

9 Responses to Guided Fly Fishing Trips

  1. Joe Nguyen says:

    I am planning a fishing trip next year around Memorial Day weekend. I plan on having between 5-8 guys with me on this trip. I would like to know some recommendations as far as where we should go during this trip, the best guided tour options (amateur fly fisherman’s), and the best place to lodge. Please let me know if you can help.

    Thanks,
    Joe

  2. dan reynolds says:

    Will you do any off-shore fishing for Silvers & ect in 2014

  3. scott bivens says:

    I’m interested in fishing for winter steelhead on the North Umpqua. I’m fairly new to spey rods but I got a lot of practice in Late October on the Deschutes and even landed one. I’m pretty good with the Snap T but not the double spey. I have fly fished many times for steelhead so I’m used to the conditions. More than likely it would just be me coming up from So Cal to fish for 2-3 days. Please let me know if there are any opportunities this winter. Thanks

  4. Robert powers says:

    Greetings I will coming to Bandon Oregon the end of July and I will need a guide! Which rivers are best in that area or the surrounding area ! I’m from Missouri and I have never been up in that part of the country!

  5. Colby says:

    Greetings mate! I’ll be touring the coast of Oregon in late June 2014, I know there is fly fishing and u guys offer guided tours. Is there any guided trips near depoe bay, or

  6. Mike Kreikemeier says:

    I am coming to Oak Ridge in September. I would like to fly fish the local river there. Can you recommend a local guide service for the area.

  7. Andy says:

    Great Material. How do you sig up for the Blog?

    Regards,
    Andy

  8. alex says:

    I’m interested in arranging a 1 day fly fishing trip in the area on Sept 10 if possible.
    thanks,
    Alex Miller
    San Antonio, TX
    210-386-0737

  9. Eric Eltinge says:

    I am interested in a steelhead guide trip near Eugene OR between November 27-30. It would be two one-half day float trips. Please contact me with details. Thank you.

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