Lower McKenzie experiencing massive caddis hatch

Air temperatures are fore-casted to be near 80 degrees the next couple of days.  McKenzie  fish have focused more on the adult caddisflies and less on March Browns of late. Water levels have dropped considerably and anglers have been having a great time with rising fish. The surface feeding seems to be best after about 1pm. Best patterns to fish on the surface include: X-Caddis, Peacock Caddis, Outrigger Caddis, Black Elk Hair Caddis  and Caddis Sparkle Pupae.  Swinging wets has also been productive. Traditional patterns like Royal Coachman Wets, Soft Hackle Hares Ears, and Caddis Poopah in Tan. March Browns are still hatching but the hatch seems to be on the down slope. Golden Stones and Salmon flies are also emerging on these warm days. You may want to have a couple of large stonefly patterns in the box. Even just to use as an indicator fly, dropping a Possie Bugger or Prince Nymph off of the big dry. Try Half Down Golden Stone, Blooms Bearly Kicking Golden Stone, and Parachute Madam X as your high floating dry and drop the nymph below. Fishing should be great on our local streams, ideal weather and water conditions. Be on the look out for big Green McKenzie Caddis, we haven’t had any reports on the big greens yet but any day now.–CD



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2 Responses to Lower McKenzie experiencing massive caddis hatch

  1. Rob R says:

    I would add that the Willamette River in Eugene is experiencing blinding caddis and cranefly hatches every evening. The caddis are big, not sure what species. Lots of different craneflies. It’s getting hard to breath without sucking one down the last couple of nights. Some nice trout are popping up along the edges of the river, but nobody’s fishing…hmmm.

  2. Charlie says:

    I saw a few big greens up above Hendricks Bridge on the 12th. FYI.

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