Pale Evening Duns on the Willamette River bring up wild trout

I headed up to the Willamette River near Oakridge tonight expecting a bonanza. As you can see from the landscape photos, that’s not what happened. Not many golden stones, or even caddis flies for that matter. Small, pale mayflies were on the water by 8pm though, size 16 PMD’s were a good match.

August Willamette River

I didn’t catch any large fish tonight, but caught quite a few native rainbows.August Willamette River

The Butterfly Bushes are out of control on this section of river — an invasive species and popular garden plant in the Pacific Northwest. Check out OSU’s write up on butter fly bush infestations. -MS

August Willamette River

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