On Sunday, Todd Mullen VP of Upper Mckenzie-Willamette Trout Unlimited and I drifted from Greenwaters Park in Oakridge to Black Canyon on the Middle Fork. The report was pretty similar to what was seen on the Mckenzie. Around 1:00 there was an enormous hatch of March Browns–they were everywhere. Only the fish didn’t seem to notice. There were also quite a few Blue Wing Olives and some small caddis in the mix. There was also a small emergence of large Golden Stones. We did manage to pull a few trout though the cameraman needs training and only one is shown. Possie Buggers in size 10 and Zug Bugs were the only flies to produce for us and we pretty much threw the kitchen sink at em’. A more consistent weather pattern should put the fish back on the bite.
At first I was skeptical because the net/ ruler combo seems like a pretty good way to shrink fish but I’m sold now. It’s pretty sweet, affordable and makes sizing your catch easy.