Fly Fishing in Columbia

Our friend Jon Covich is leading a trip to Columbia this coming May. Check out the info below. The trip looks awesome! Reach out to Jon at for more info.

From Mangroves and Mojitos – Jon Covich

I know…..I know! This Blog is supposed to be all about Cuba. Well, I am just going to expand the horizons a bit to a country that starts with a “C” and where the people all speak Spanish. So, it is not really that different!

Many of you who have been with me on trips have heard about my interest in Colombia. I am bringing a group in March to the Orinoco basin where we will fish for Peacock Bass. Now, I have been able to add a second destination, which I am really happy about. Our challenge has been to find outfitters who had all of the pieces of the puzzle together, and that has been harder than you might think. We are really comfortable with what we can now offer.

The Pacific Coast of Colombia is quietly talked about by people in the know as an undiscovered mecca for both inshore and offshore species of saltwater fish. With the jungle canopy descending directly to sandy beaches, and rock outcroppings jutting out of the surf, the coast here is wild and teeming with a plethora of species that one might not expect.


In the late Spring, the ocean comes alive as masses of Sardines congregate near the sandy shores of Bahia Solano. Although fed upon by all species of predatory fish, schools of Yellowfin descend on these bait balls, making the surface a boiling mass of fish torpedoes. Sailfish and Marlin also will congregate here, pushing through the writhing masses of bait and feeding themselves to the brink. And, much of this is happening with the backdrop of the beach and jungle only a few hundred yards away. Nowhere in the world do these pelagic species come as close to shore to feed, making this a truly unique experience and cutting down on long travel times each day to access them.

BLACK SANDS – PURE FISH PORN from Machado Outdoor Films on Vimeo.

Black Sands Lodge is located on the beach, a fifteen minute boat ride from the small town of Bahia Solano. Our group will arrive there by a short commuter flight after having spent a night in the very interesting city of Medellin. The lodge has beautifully appointed rooms, and all guests will have a room to themselves. Meals are hearty, and often made up from seafood from the nearby ocean.


Our small group will fish five full days. The boat used by the lodge is brand new, and beautifully outfitted. Three anglers will fish from this 32’ Contender, taking turns casting to whatever fish are present, and often needing to rest in between battles!! I will host, making this my fourth trip to Colombia. I will also coordinate with guests before the trip, be on hand in Medellin to show people the city, and then advise during the fishing portion of the trip. I will spend part of the time in the boat with guests, taking photos and video. Other times, I may be in a smaller skiff nearby, doing the same thing with a better perspective. In any case, I will be along every moment of the trip to help when needed, and to share my knowledge of fishing in general, and Colombia more specifically.

I have room for 3 (and 1 spot may already be taken.) Fly Water will start advertising the trip this Thursday. Here are dates and prices:

Dates: May 22-30, 2020

Pricing: $5013 per person (includes all transportation once in Colombia, two nights at hotel in Medellin, 5 full days fishing, all food and drink at lodge, single rooms at lodge)

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Fall Steelhead Deschutes 2019

I love the fall season for steelhead fishing and for the past three years my good friend and fishing guide Rob Hrabik (@Sierraflyguy) and I have ventured out in October for the “Fish of a Thousand Casts.”


Rob’s beauty

This year was exceptional fishing for us despite the low fish-counts.  We were up early swinging skaters with a dropper.  We covered lots of water and kept moving.  This is the key to steelhead fishing, covering lots of good water with effective casts and take a few steps.  Move!


Extra tube? Check Flies? Check Beer? Check

Years ago my girlfriend built homemade panniers for a bike tour across Tasmania.  She had limited supplies, because at the time she was working in Antartica and made due with two buckets she grabbed from the McMurdo Station kitchen.  They work great and three years ago Rob and I decided to leave the raft at home and use bikes instead to camp out.  Why?  You can go back up-river.  But what about a jet boat?   Simple….expensive, don’t’ have one, and I’m a sailor who uses wind not petrol.


The “Magician” at work.

We primarily covered the surface skating flies or used a “hoover” poly-leader to swing flies just under the surface.  Variations of green-butt skunks and freight-trains in purple seemed to get the fishes’ attention.  We did hook up twice using sink-tips.  I connected to a nice steelhead with a black leech pattern that popped off and Rob hooked up with what we believe was a king salmon who broke off.


Randall still at it!

After a week camping on the river our good friend and fly fisherman Randall Kaufmann invited us to his home on the D.  We spent a few days with him and I learned more in two nights around the dinner table from Randall than in the past three years since I started my pursuit of steelhead.  He even tied us some flies to use and they were successful.


Beautiful 8lb. hen that took Randall’s dropper-skater.

Steelhead fishing is awesome.  They say, “the tug is the drug.”  I guess you have to experience it to know the feeling, because it could literally take years to catch one on a swinging fly, yet we go out again and again fishing for them usually skunked at the end of the day, because we want that “tug drug” again.


I always wonder what these fish have gone through in life?

Steelhead Success:

Get out there and get a fly in the water.  You’re not going to catch one otherwise.  Go out with somebody who could show you the ropes to get started.  Explore, observe, ask questions, read books and listen to those who are successful.  You’ll eventually find one and when you do your life will forever change.

Tight Lines,





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Black & Chartreuse Deceiver Fly for Dorado

In this video, Jay ties another deceiver style fly for dorado.

These flies incorporates lots of hackle, bucktail, and flash for life-like movement if you’re chasing dorado, musky, or peacock bass.

Jay breaks down and simplifies these large flies and discusses techniques fishing these beast.

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Hook: Ahrex PR320 2-6/0
Thread: Veevus GSP 150D White
Cement: Loctite or Hard as Hull
Tail: Strung or Flatwing Saddle (6-8) Chartreuse and Grizzly
Flash: Mixture of Holographic Flashabou & Magnum Flashabou
First three hollow stations: Black Bucktail
Finishing Bucktail: Chartreuse Bucktail
Eyes: Pro Tab or Jungle Cock sub
Head: Copic Marker Chartreuse and Blue

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Coho or Chinook – it’s in the gum line

The question always, always comes up this time of the year, and is especially common this year because the coho salmon run is more abundant than usual, and people are catching more of these fish than they do in other years when the run to the rivers is smaller.

How can I best distinguish coho (silver) salmon from Chinook (king) salmon?

Size isn’t a good test, and features like spots on the tail and tail-firmness are elusive to many people, especially when large bright coho and small bright chinook are concerned.

Here is the diagnostic feature I suggest to classify a salmon as coho or chinook.

I look closely at the gum line, the channel where the teeth are embedded. The Chinook have a black gum line and the coho have a white gum line – without exception, and this is true whether the salmon are chrome fresh from the sea or in a well advanced state of maturity and full of bright colors.

Here are two images to show the feature I refer to. with coho on top and chinook on the bottom.

FYI both of these salmon are males, bucks, and have the characteristic kype (hooked snout) that develops as the fish mature sexually.


Coho salmon: white gum line.

Coho salmon:  white gum line.


Chinook salmon black gum line.

Chinook salmon:  black gum line.

I hope this helps anyone who has this question, and my best to you all.

Jay Nicholas, October 2019

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Update From the Estuary – October 2019

Great day for a swim in the estuary!

Great day for a swim in the estuary!

Where to start?

The days fly by when you salmon fish the way some people do in the autumn.  The tides flow and ebb, the moon passes overhead and underfoot, water temperatures finally moderate, and we fish. Yes we do.

Some of us fish an incoming, or an outgoing, but some fish dawn to dark regardless of the tide’s temperament.

If we are lucky, we have special days.

Imagine this.

I was poised on the bow deck of my boat last week, with the benign intention of tossing my anchor a mere 4 or 5 feet ashore onto the high ban, so as to allow me to step ashore at high tide. Of course, being a physics-educated and wordy man of 70 years, I knew that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. I reasoned, however, that I could make this little tiny toss with no ill effect, and so I proceeded, One, two, three —  and tossed the anchor.

To no one’s surprise, the anchor flew onto the bank, just where I aimed it, and the boat lurched away in from shore quite rapidly. Of course, standing on the bow as I was, the movement of the boat to the left, took it right out from under my feet, and I dove headfirst over the side into crotch-deep water.

Face planted as I was, off flew my glasses and signature SIMMS ball cap, andout of my short pocket flew my IPhone.

I stood between boat and bank. steadied myself holding the boat with left hand and tuft of grass with my right, and began the search for glasses and phone, now hidden under a cloud of muddy water stirred up by my fall.

Ten minutes elapsed, the water cleared enough to reveal my glasses, but the phome was no where to be seen. Eventually, I dared to move my feet, discovered that I’d been standing on the phone, and retrieved it.

My first action was to take a selfie recording the moment, text Lisa to assure here i was alright but might not be able to text or call with a dying phone.

OK.  Wet shirt off, dry coat on, climb up on the bank, waddle-off upriver, casting where I’d seen salmon rolling. Twenty minutes removed from my unintended estuarine immersion. I’d hooked a fine bronzed chinook buck.

The high bank I fished from made a poor place to release a fish, so I resolved to lead it back to the boat, get into the boat, and release it there.

Here we go again. A grass camouflaged fence post took me down and nearly back into the water. Arriving at the boat, my most careful effort to board resulted in falling nearly flat on my face in the bow, with both knees across Chris’s Winston BiiX. Still holding my bent fishing pole upright, it took me several minutes to regain my composure, sit up, and consider if I could bring the salmon close for release.

Well, I could and I did. A friend nearby motored over and asked if I was OK, did I need anything, and then went on his way after wishing me no more mishaps for the afternoon.

Truly, I am blessed to be able to appreciate such excitement.

So how has the salmon fishing been anyway?

As always, the report goes like this: salmon fishing has been Ok for some folks and slow for most.

I’ll close with some images from my ventures over the last few weeks, and add my wishes that each of you find something heart-warming in each day, whether you’re tying flies, fishing, or going about the day do day conduct of your life.

Cute little birds on the estuary in morning sunlight.

Cute little birds on the estuary in morning sunlight.

Managing the riparian zone on the estuary.

Managing the riparian zone on the estuary.

Anonymous angler releasing a kwikfish caught  Chinook.

Anonymous angler releasing a kwikfish caught

Clousers, poppers, and tube bucktails for my friend Jack.

Clousers, poppers, and tube bucktails for my friend Jack.

But where is the hog line today?

But where is the hog line today?

A grand hen released.

A grand hen released.

Self portrait in oarlock.

Self portrait in oarlock.


Jay Nicholas, October 17th, 2019






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Fall Guide Trip Special on Now Through November 2019

IMG_5592 2We are offering a shortened half day trip on our local waters for trout and steelhead October 15-November 30th. The cost of the trip is $375. 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, 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: oc caddis dry 007 copy

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Blue & Chartreuse Hollow Deceiver Fly

Another Deceiver pattern from Jay Nicholas used for Chinook, Silvers, Stripers, etc.

Using a few materials such as bucktail, flashabou, and saddle hackle, Jay ties these beautiful patterns for large fish around the world.

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Hook: Ahrex PR320 2-4/0
Thread: Veevus GSP 150D White
Cement: Loctite or Hard as Hull
Tail: Strung Saddles (6-8)
First 3 Hollow Stations: White Bucktail
Finishing Bucktail: Chartreuse & FL. Blue
Head: Copic Marker FL. Blue

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Aquaflies news, reviews, and light thoughts to ponder

Doug Brutocao was recently my guest at our family cabin in beautiful downtown Woods, suburb of Pacific City, where he and Joe fished for salmon while I chased fruitlessly the elusive sea run Cutthroat in no fewer than three nearby coastal rivers.Doug and Joe caught a few salmon – kings and silvers if i remember correctly – with a grueling hours to fish statistic.

SALMON REPORT EARLY OCTOBER 2019. If you are one of the lucky anglers in the right place and time you’ll go home smiling, thinking that this season’s run if just great or at least perfectly fine.

Jay Nicholas Friend Jim with Chinoojk

Jim Terborg brought this fine chinook to the net last week and his smile tells us all we need to know about the fishing this season.

News and Reviews on Aquaflies.

First the news: a new series of tube flies for steelhead and salmon fishers has been released and is available through the Caddis Fly
Angling Shop, and these are a magnificent addition to the already excellent offering in the Aquaflies catalog.

Here is one of the new tube flies, Jason Osborn’s Sputnik Tube, this one in purple.

Jay Nicholas Sputnik Tube Intruder

And here is a screen shot of the entire sputnik line up – I am impressed with these flies and highly recommend that tyer and angler make sure to carry at least a few of these on the water in the fast approaching season(s).

Jason Osborn's Sputnik Tubes by Aquaflies

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equal;oies: Doug is in the process of bagging and labeling some NEAT NEW Shrimp eyes that are flourescent. Ive seen a pile of these on my dining table in Woods and can vouch for the quality bling they will shortly bring to our tier’s bench.

Here is my iPhone photo of the new eyes, and we should have them in the shop very shortly.

Jay Nicholas Aquaflies Flourescent eyes

And while we’re at it, I’ll add the note that Aquaflies offers a really deep bench of traditional flies, all tied to what I believe are the highest industry standards of materials, craft skills, and proportions.

Here are but a few as teasers, and kindly remember that the Caddis Fly Angling Shop can provide virtually every Aquaflies product on short notice.

Jay Nicholas Aquaflies Traditional Steelhead

Uh OH. I just realized that it is 7:19 AM.

I’m going fishing. Now. Putting a period at the end of this sentence.

Wishing each of you a good day, whether you are fishing, working, or simply making your way through your day.

Jay Nicholas, October 11, 2019

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Snook Brush Tuxedo Fly with New Materials From Hareline

In this video professional fly tyer and blogger Jay Nicholas ties a simple snook fly called the Snook Brush Tuxedo Fly.

Incorporating materials from Hareline including the new Bling Rabbit Strips, Helix Flash, and Just Add H2O’s Flash Blend Baitfish Brushes Jay gives his input and years of experience discussing these new materials and how to work with them.
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Hook: Ahrex PR 320
Thread: Veevus GSP 150D White
Glue: Zap A Gap
Tail: Magnum Bling Rabbit Strips
Helix Flash
Body: H2O Flash Blend Baitfish Brush

Tool: Hareline Finger Dubbing Brush
Super Flush Cutter Pliers

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12th Annual Two Fly Wrap Up


This years “Two Fly” event was the most profitable yet raising over $13,000 for the McKenzie River Trust. The event is not possible without the generous and priceless donation of the guides photographed above. These guys give up their day, to give back to the river.

From right to left: Troy Leady, Chris Daughters, Clay Holloway, Matt Ramsey, Ty Holloway, Kyle Smith, Kyle Duke, Justin Helm and Lou Verdugo, Matt Oneil(not in photo).



Guides filled plastic bins with water in order to measure fish. Matt Ramsey suggested this method last year and it worked really well. Fish are really mellow in the water filled bin, they go from net to bin, you pin them down briefly for the shot and then over the side they go with very little handling.


We mixed it up this year making the tournament “dry fly only”. Without a doubt there were a few less fish caught, and the overall inch totals were down a touch, but participants enjoyed the change for the most part. The change accomplished its intention with guides spread out over the entire course of the McKenzie, and one boat even floated down into the Willamette.



Justin Helm with Team Holloway


It was a spectacular fall day on the river. The Two Fly will be held the first Saturday in October each year. If you would like to participate please add your name to the McKenzie River Trusts’ mailing list here:

Additional sponsors were:

Patagonia – Two fly shirts were provided by Patagonia as well as project grant dollars.
The Caddis Fly Angling Shop
Ninkasi – Beer and Saturday night facility
North Fork Public House
Koffler Boats



Friday night Pizza at The Caddis Fly – Thanks to Mazzi from Hideaway for bringing his portable wood fired oven.


Clay Holloway with Team Shipman – 3rd Place finish


Matt Ramsey with Dick Matteri and Laura Parrish – 2nd Place Finish


Ty Holloway(baby Kaya) with Bob Mosqueda and Shoshana Cohen – First Place


Saturday evening at Ninkasi – Thanks so much to Ninkasi for their continued sponsorship of this event.

Thanks so much to all those who participated. Your support of McKenzie River Trust is good for fish, our local drinking water and much much more.


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Orange Pearl Steelhead Nymph Fly Tying Video

I have been tying a lot of jigged nymphs lately, because practice helps increase technique skills and an eye for judging proportion, and I created this video to showcase the Orange Pearl jigged Steelhead Nymph. This is another smallish (size 10) jigged nymph that that find effective whether you are fishing in local waters close to Eugene or in Great Lakes Tributaries.

This jigged nymph may be fished with or without a traditional indicator, as you wish.

Enjoy! JN

Orange Pearl Steelhead Nymph

Hook – Barbless jig #10
Thread – Danville’s 6/0 Fl Or
Bead – 5/32 metallic orange
Lead free wire – .020
Tail – Fl orange Fluoro Fiber
Body – Veevus Large Pearl Tinsel
Wing case (ha ha) – Large Veevus Pearl Tinsel
Hot spot – Thread

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Jay’s Albacore Cast Fly Tying Video 2019

In this video, albacore guru and fly fisher Jay Nicholas ties an effective and easy Albacore Cast Fly.

The albacore cast fly is designed to be light-weight to cast easy, but can also be fished trolling. Match the bait fish with different colors and sizes and hang on.

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Hook: Gamakatsu SL12 1/0 & 2/0
Thread: Danville Clear Monofilament
Belly: SF Blend Bucktail White
Back: SF Blend Bronze Back or Bleeding Back
Eyes: Fluorescent Fly Eyes 5/16″
Cement: Loctite, Zap a Gap, Hard as Hull

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Two Fly Friday – 10% of Sales Today go to the McKenzie River Trust

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Stop by and check out some great deals on sunglasses, Simms and Patagonia Bags, closeout rods and much more. Today we will donate 10% of our sales to the McKenzie River Trust as we kick off Two Fly Weekend.

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Wyden Announces Statewide Effort for Wild and Scenic Rivers


On anniversary of Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, Senator asks fellow Oregonians to nominate new rivers and streams for protection

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced he is taking nominations from Oregonians through Jan. 20, 2020 for rivers in the state that deserve addition to the national Wild and Scenic Rivers list.

“Whether you are a whitewater rafter, an angler or simply an Oregonian who believes strongly in protecting the river or stream that provides safe drinking water to your community, I want to hear from you,” Wyden wrote in an open letter to Oregonians seeking river nominations for new wild-and-scenic river legislation he plans to introduce . “Now is your chance, once again, to speak up for your favorite rivers and highlight the outstanding values that make each river worthy of protection.”

Submissions can be sent through Jan. 20, 2020 to

With today marking the 51st anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, Wyden noted the proposed new rivers that would be part of his upcoming Wild and Scenic Rivers legislation builds on legislation included in what Congress passed in February that added more than 250 miles of Wild and Scenic rivers in Oregon.

Wyden said he is proud Oregon now has 2,173 miles designated in the Wild and Scenic Rivers system, but that the total remains a small fraction of Oregon’s 110,994 miles of major rivers and streams.

He said Outdoor Recreation Industry statistics show that recreation supports 172,000 jobs in Oregon and generates $16.4 billion in economic activity statewide.

Here’s a sampling of what Oregonians are saying about Wyden’s call for wild-and-scenic river nominations:

Clatsop County Commissioner Kathleen Sullivan:
“Oregon’s rivers are critical to the health of our communities and our way of life. I applaud Senator Wyden’s efforts to protect our rivers for future generations.”

Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson:
“I wholeheartedly support Senator Wyden’s effort to consider more Wild and Scenic River designations for Oregon. This will be a boon to our outdoor recreation economy as well as to the health of salmon and steelhead runs and clean drinking water.”

Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla
“I grew up where the Siletz River meets the Pacific Ocean, and I farm the Willamette River’s floodplain. Salmon are in my blood. Water is our farm’s lifeblood. I am grateful that Oregon’s Senator Wyden is working to protect more rivers, so that our community can have salmon, have water, have life

State Rep. Pam Marsh
“Wild and Scenic Rivers are the heart and soul of southern Oregon’s recreation economy. Not only do they give our communities clean water, they bring people from all over the world that spend money that ripples throughout our economy. Thank you to Senator Wyden for stepping up to protect a legacy of clean water and a strong recreation economy.”

Ninkasi Brewing Company co-founders Nikos Ridge and Jamie Floyd
“Protected water sources are a critical ingredient for fine craft beer, and they help drive the recreation industry in our state. Ninkasi Brewing Company is grateful for Senator Wyden’s leadership around safeguarding Oregon’s iconic rivers, and it is clear why he has been dubbed the Wild and Scenic Senator.”

Chad Brown , U.S. Navy Veteran; Founder and President, Soul River Inc.
“Senator Wyden’s leadership to champion and protect Oregon’s rivers is an affirmative action! A warrior mission for veterans and our next generation to have the opportunity to benefit from what nature provides our souls. Thank you Senator Wyden for your strength to protect Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rivers for us all.”

Patrick Kruse, Founder and R&D Director, Ruffwear
“Ruffwear is based in Bend, Oregon, because of its access to wild places. Many of our employees and customers spend time kayaking, rafting, and fishing, and we consider Oregon’s rivers as part of who we are. The Deschutes River flows right through Bend, a natural icon of our town’s culture and integral to its economy. We applaud Senator Wyden’s effort to add Wild and Scenic Rivers to our great state, and appreciate his thoughtful nomination process to get there.”

Zach Collier, Owner of NW Rafting Co:
“I appreciate Senator Wyden’s leadership and relentless dedication to protecting the rivers of Oregon. The Wild and Scenic River protections he has championed are critical for my outfitting business and Oregon’s recreation economy.”

Amy Stuart, Crook County, retired Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist:
“As a retired fisheries biologist of 31 years, I know that protecting rivers is key to maintaining healthy fish populations. I’m encouraged to see Senator Wyden working to better protect Oregon’s rivers and fish.”

Chris Daughters, owner of the the Caddis Fly Angling Shop, Eugene:
“As the owner of the Caddis Fly Angling Shop in Eugene, my family’s livelihood depends on Oregon’s rivers and the fish that live in them. Salmon, trout, and steelhead all need cold, clean water to thrive, and protection from dams, development, and mining is crucial if we hope to preserve the outstanding fishing opportunities we have in this state. Senator Wyden’s call for public nominations for new Wild and Scenic Rivers is a gift to both current and future generations of Oregonians and will help ensure that our state remains a destination for anglers, hunters, hikers, and boaters for many years to come.”

Erik Fernandez, Oregon Wild, Bend
“Oregon Wild members across the state applaud Senator Wyden’s effort to consider protection of additional Wild and Scenic Rivers. It’s good news for clean drinking water, fish and wildlife, and recreation.”

Dave Lacey, Owner of South Coast Tours
“South Coast Tours and its guides support the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and all the conservation minded visitors that those designations bring to the south coast of Oregon. We value our wild rivers so much that we call the southern Oregon coast ‘The Wild Rivers Coast’ where there are more Wild and Scenic Rivers concentrated than anywhere else in the lower 48. Thank you Senator Wyden – we support further designations and rely on those wild river experiences to make us competitive in the tourism industry.”

Michael LaLonde, President & CEO Deschutes Brewery
“We take pride in our namesake, the Deschutes River, and continue to do what we can to respect and honor it. Protected, free flowing rivers in Oregon sustain our business and fulfill our employees. We applaud Senator Wyden’s effort to add more iconic and protected Wild and Scenic River designations to our home state.”

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Fall Fishing on the McKenzie October 2019

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Cooler temperatures over the weekend kept the larger October Caddis and Short Winged Stoneflies from being overly active, but Blue Winged Olive hatches have been occurring daily. The warmest parts of the day have been the most productive on the Mckenzie and Willamette Rivers. Swinging flies on the lower McKenzie has picked up and the upper river hopper dropper program remains solid. This week looks really good for weather, get out and enjoy the fall.

Best flies:

Parachute Blue Winged Olives
Carlson’s Olive Haze
Mercer’s Missing Link
Parachute Adams
Hi Vis Parachute Adams
Goulds Half Down Golden
Orange Elk Hair Caddis
Assorted Soft Hackle Wets

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