Local Eugene Steelhead Report


The fishing for summer steelhead on the McKenzie and Willamette has been outstanding. This is usually the most productive time of year, and with great fishing weather, prime water conditions, and light pressure, the bite has been excellent. I have been doing very well swinging various wet flies and leeches on everything from a floating line to a type 6 sink tip. I generally carry various rods rigged in the boat with different lines to suit the different spots.

I take people fly fishing for a living and am so confident about the fishing that I am going to make an offer that very few guides will extend. If you hire me to take you steelheading between now and when river levels swell with the fall rains, if we do not bring a steelhead to the boat, you don’t pay. Regardless of your skills or experience level, if you want to catch a steelhead on a fly, let’s make the magic happen.

If you are interested, contact the Caddis Fly for details and availability and to book. I don’t have that many days open between now and the end of the season, but I would like to fill those that I do. I don’t have any days open before October 11th, but from there on out I have some openings. This offer is good for both half and full day trips.
Ethan Nickel

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1 Response to Local Eugene Steelhead Report

  1. Jim Mayol says:

    ethan is correct! we sent a few pictures from day before oregon cal game; including cheer from two guys watching one getting netted at autzen bridge. great time. thanks, jim

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