Today we took our first trip above McKenzie Bridge on the upper river, expecting high water and decent nymphing. But almost immediately into the drift (starting at Paradise Campground) trout were on top, chasing the indicator, so we switched to a hopper-dropper with a golden stone and a possie bugger. We had freelance writer Crai Bower with us in the boat, who was working on an assignment about outdoor adventures between Eugene and Bend. Crai claimed to be a novice, but managed to hook two fish on a single drift, and had the big redside for the day. We floated from 10am to 1pm, didn’t see much insect activity, but had lots of active trout for the five mile float.