Camp Creek Cellars Wine Benefit – TONIGHT!


When: Friday, November 16 5-9pm
Where: Oregon Research Institute, 1776 Millrace Drive

From: the Mckenzie River Trust

Join us for a “Last Waltz” fundraiser with the local winemakers at Camp Creek Cellars. Half of the $10 tasting fee will be donated to the McKenzie River Trust, as well as $1 from the sale of each bottle of red wine sold during the evening.

Bid on a number of silent auction items, including a drift boat trip, McKenzie Cabin stay, and a number of Camp Creek Cellar’s favorite Camp Creek wines from their library.
As a special treat, Brutto ma Buono Cioccolato will be joining us to sample their handmade Italian chocolates.

Since 2015, Camp Creek Cellars has raised over $6,000 for McKenzie River Trust’s work. Invite a friend and join us to raise a glass to that community spirit of giving!



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Dinner with Angling Legends Frank and Jeanne Moore


December 1 2018 5pm, Fundraiser with Frank and Jeanne Moore at the Steamboat Inn.

From Source One Serenity

Source One Serenity was born out of Frank Moore’s fly fishing vision and its potential life-altering benefits for our veterans struggling with PTSD and similar issues.

Rusty Lininger, the Founder of Source One Serenity, met Frank in Luxembourg in 2013, when Frank had gone to fish the rivers of Normandy that he long ago traversed as a soldier. Frank is an inspiration for many people. He is local angling celebrity, a land steward and an advocate for protecting our natural wild places.

The four-course dinner will be paired with excellent local wines from Chateau Nonchalant Vineyards which are hidden away in one of the Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua. The dinner will be held at Steamboat Inn, which is considered a Mecca for fishermen the world over. Steamboat Inn was founded by the Moores in the late 1950s.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 541.580.5655, or email:

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Holiday Gift Guide Video 2018 Version 1.0

In this video I showcase some of our favorite gifts for the 2018 holiday season. Of course there are many more items our friendly staff would love to help you select. Stop by the shop this holiday season, we have you covered on gifts for the fly angler.

Here is a linked list of what’s in the video above.

Patagonia Black Hole Wheeled Duffel

Patagonia 60L Black Hole Duffel

Patagonia Black Hole Cube or Dop Kit Bag

Loon Fly Tying Tool Kit

Scientific Anglers Amplitude Infinity Smooth Fly Line

Commando Smooth Integrated Fly Line


Ross Evolution LTX Fly Reel

Simms Guide Windbloc Foldover Mitt

Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading Boots by Danner

Patagonia River Salt Wading Boot

Redington Butter Stick 2

Cortland Competition Nymph Rod

Winston PURE Fly Rods

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Rewild the Willamette – A coalition for wild fish recovery kickoff event!


From The Native Fish Society

Oregon has often taken bold action to safeguard the natural landscapes and resources that define the state and our communities. Many times, it has been local Oregonians, passionate about the place they call home, who have been the driving force behind the movements that have cleaned up and safeguarded our beaches, rivers, forests, and landscapes. But there is still more that must be done for our wild fish, our rivers, and the human communities that depend upon them.

Today in the Willamette River basin, wild spring Chinook salmon and winter steelhead populations are on the brink of blinking out. Half a million fish once returned to the Willamette each year, a silver thread of life extending from the Pacific, surging above the pounding waters of Willamette falls, and weaving up Cascade and Coast Range streams to spawn the next generation. But a century and a half of human impacts have decimated the abundance of our iconic fish—runs are now just one percent of historic levels. Without a change of course now, we will lose the wild fish of the Willamette forever.

From this dire situation, the Willamette Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Coalition has been formed to promote and support recovery of wild salmon and steelhead in the Willamette basin.

We invite anyone passionate about the Willamette and its wild fish to join us in advocating for the changes that are necessary to not only save, but to recover, the magnificent runs that once swam these waters.

Many of the necessary actions—fish passage at dams, improved water quality, more natural river flows—have already been identified and agreed upon by the governmental management agencies. But for a decade, the responsible agencies have failed to act to stem the tide of decline.

Now, through our collective voices as anglers, as conservationists, as businesses and as Oregonians, we must act to save our fish and our river. Together, we can secure a future for the Willamette that supports abundant, wild fish and local communities.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the Willamette and our wild salmon and steelhead at our upcoming kickoff event where you can learn more about our efforts and act to help our imperiled wild fish.


Willamette Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Coalition – Kickoff Event

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Time: Doors at 6:30pm / Program at 7pm

Location: 211 Tumwater Dr, Oregon City, OR 97045

Light refreshments provided

Please RSVP so we can save you a spot!

For carpool and other info contact: Jennifer Fairbrother at:

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Rooster Dragon Tail Fly Tying Video

In this video, Jay ties a Saltwater surface pattern using Mangum’s UV2 Dragon Tail and Grizzly Saddle hackle. This would be an excellent pattern to try for Roosterfish, Tarpon, Jacks, snook and other Oceanic beasts.


Jay’s Rooster Dragon Tail

Hook: TMC 811S 3/0
Thread: Clear mono thread
Tail: Mangum’s UV2 Dragon Tail Tan
Cement: Loctite Brush On
Saddles: Magnum Grizzly Saddles (Four)
Flash: Sculpting Flash Fibres (bronze and pearl)
Eyes: 5/16 Holo Super Adhesive eyes
Glue: Loctite Super Ultra Gel Control

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New Winter Hours at The Caddis Fly November 2018

new shop hours

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Fall Guide Special on Now through November 2018

Two fly 2017

We are offering a shortened half day trip on our local waters for trout and steelhead for the rest of November. The cost of the trip is $325. The trip includes guided fishing and equipment for two anglers. The trip does not include lunch. The trip is designed to hit the best time of day from, we recommend approximately 11:00am-4:30pm. This is a great opportunity to learn some of our close in to the Eugene/Springfield waters.

Give us a ring to discuss options, water conditions and booking possibilities.

Phone (541) 342 7005 Email:

middle fork of willamette steelhead fall 2018

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Trout Unlimited General Meeting November 2018

South fork McKenzie restoration project

Do you love the McKenzie rivers as much as we do? If so you will be interested in our next presenter.

Jared Weybright, executive director McKenzie Watershed Council will update us on all the great restoration work that is being done on the South Fork McKenzie.

Please attend our next Redsides meeting.

When: November 12, 6pm
Where: Claim 52 Kitchen
1203 Willamette st, Eugene

I can tell you having seen this presentation at our two fly tourney this year this is a fascinating presentation.


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Coastal fall chinook river fishing closes from Siuslaw north


From Oregon Live

Fall chinook salmon fishing will close Thursday, Nov. 1, in coastal rivers along the north half of the Oregon Coast.

Low returns and virtually no October rainfall led to the decision Friday.

Read more here: Chinook Closure

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Jay’s Shrimp Pink Flesh Bugger Fly Tying Video

In this video, Jay ties a Shrimp Pink Flesh Bugger. This is an effective pattern up in Alaska and around the coastal rivers here in Oregon too when there are fish spawning and both cutthroat and steelhead are keying in on little scraps of salmon. It Doesn’t pick up water and it’s easy to cast!


Jay’s Shrimp Pink Flesh Bugger

Hook: Ahrex NS110 Size 4 Ring Eye Hook
Thread: Danville’s 210D Pink
Eyes: Double Pupil Lead Eyes
Wire Free Synthetic Fox Brush
Tail: Rabbit Strip Pink

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North Santiam River Hatchery Program May be Eliminated

Wild winter steelhead in the Willamette Valley are extremely rare. Due to the tireless work of The Conservation Angler and the Willamette River Keeper they may get added protection in the coming years. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife faces the elimination of it’s hatchery program on the North Santiam. You can read more about the situation in this article published in the Statesman Journal here.

We at OregonFlyFishingBlog applaud the Corps of Engineers who seem to be moving towards funding habitat restoration rather than hatchery programs that have proven to be unsuccessful and even harmful to wild fish for the last 50 years.

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Sacramento Delta Striper Fishing

Had an absolute blast with Captain Mike Costello on the Sacramento Delta fly fishing for Striped Bass! The weather was amazing. Mike is a great guide. I highly recommend this fishery if you get a chance to do it.







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Deschutes Report Fall 2018

Recently, forecast called for ” possible showers”, which immediately triggered, steelhead! . I had one of technical men’s conference attendees (old dawgs who have fished together for decades) along, the one from Burns. It appears we have all reached the “grandpa” stage of our lives which has driven attendance to an all time low. However, one thing remains constant…the Deschutes!


Fall on the Deschutes is a tough challenge. Steelhead are the prime target, but as we “swing” for the “tug”, those darn red sides are feasting on October Caddis pupa, copper johns, PT’s, lucent jig patterns and just about anything else! The trout fishing was extremely good while the steelheading was a disappointment.


The only steelhead hooked, unfortunately, was done while “euro nymphing”. It is now confirmed, a euro nymph 3 weight is not up to par for a Deschutes steelhead. Currently, euro nymphing is the latest craze in fly fishing. There is no question that it works, and works extremely well. However, like everything else in life, there are limitations. What we found is euro nymphing opens up more water than an indicator setup. We found the shallow, fast water, with the euro set up brought much greater success than the indicator. Our ability to vary the euro rod up and down, to control depth and with the proper weighted flies brought many fish to hand.



I had a chance to get a pair of the Devils Canyon boots from Korkers. It was quite a surprise to see the grandpa from Burns show up with Korkers boots as well! It was a Korkers trip and I have to say the Devils Canyon was extremely comfortable and the single-seam construction with compression molded flexible armor was put to the test. Single seam construction takes away the stitch or seam failure. The boots were fast drying and the fit was awesome. I also invested in a pair of felts with studs and found the interchangeable sole system easy to change. Bottom line, for versatility and comfort, Korkers is a great choice.


Showing this last pic with a chubby for a reason. I found the hopper dropper system with a orange legged chubby and a dark pheasant tail suspended below to very productive. I took great delight in seeing my chubby attacked or skating around with a trout munching the PT from below.


The Deschutes is a special place, and should be kept at the forefront of our Oregon river preservation thoughts. To learn more see the Deschutes River Alliance website. Meanwhile, its only 6 months to the legendary stonefly hatch!

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Two Fly Tournament Wrap Up 2018



Our 11th annual Two Fly Tournament was the most successful yet in terms of raising funds for McKenzie River Trust. Thanks to the guides who donate their time and the guests who participate in the fun weekend event. The “Two Fly” has now raised more than $100,000.00 for MRT. What started with a few boats in it’s first year was eleven boats and 22 participants in 2018.



Our every year participant Joan McCreery had a birthday and won the Two Fly this year. Congratulations Joan! Many time guide winner Ty Holloway again got it done with the Mega Prince.


2018 CHAMPIONS: Guide Ty Holloway with anglers Joan McCreery and Katherine Paiva

SECOND: Guide Kyle Duke with anglers David Sacamano and Brian Carrico

THIRD: Guide Matt Ramsey with anglers Lee Daniels and Christian Beck

From the Mckenzie River Trust

A big thank you goes out to our amazing guides who donated their time and expertise to allow this event to happen, and the Caddis Fly Angling Shop for hosting. We also want to thank Jared Weybright, from the McKenzie Watershed Council, for his inspiring presentation about the South Fork McKenzie floodplain restoration project, and to Ninkasi Brewing for the beautiful space and delicious beer.

We would also like to thank Koffler Boats for funding the lunches, McKenzie Mist for providing water, and Richardson Hats & North Fork Public House for helping to fund Saturday’s dinner. And our gratitude goes to our Lead Two-Fly Sponsor, Patagonia. inc.


More Thanks: Hideaway Bakery for Friday night dinner, pizza and salad, always great. Echo Rods and Costa Sunglasses who donated prizes.

Other notables:

There were three steelhead caught this year, none of which count towards your score. Fishing totals were decent but not as good as some years when we have seen the water bumped a bit with fall rains. Best tactics remained nymphing but there was chatter about making 2019 a dry fly only tournament.


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Wild Fish Conservation Organizations Intend to Sue Idaho for Unauthorized Steelhead Fishing


From The Conservation Angler

On October 9, 2018, The Conservation Angler and four other conservation groups sent notice to Idaho officials of our intent to file an ESA Take lawsuit to protect wild Snake River Steelhead.
TCA along with Wild Fish Conservancy, Friends of the Clearwater, Snake River Waterkeeper and Idaho Rivers United sent notice to Idaho Governor Butch Otter, Idaho Fish and wildlife Commission Chair Derek Attebury, members of the Commission, and to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore and several Deputy’s of our intent to file suit against these officials for violations of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) regarding the authorization and implementation of fisheries that harm ESA-listed Snake River Steelhead.

You can read our official letter to Idaho here.
Learn more from our FAQ Backgrounder and discover additional resources about wild steelhead here.
Help us protect these wild steelhead!
David Moskowitz
on behalf of:

Pete Soverel, The Conservation Angler
Buck Ryan, Snake River Waterkeeper
Kurt Beardslee, Wild Fish Conservancy
Gary Macfarlane, Friends of the Clearwater
Kevin Lewis, Idaho Rivers United

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