The Middle Fork of the Willamette river is currently flowing at about 400 cubic feet per second, this is super low and makes the river extremely accessible on foot. The water below Black Canyon Campground normally slow and lake influenced, is now miles of water flowing into Lookout Point Reservoir. All of this water is walk-able from Hampton Campground on the Hwy 58 side or by heading towards Lowell from the Westfir side and walking in the lake bed. This section sees very little pressure but is well worth a look.
The Middle Fork gets Blue Winged Olive, March Brown, small dark caddis and Skwala Stone Fly hatches this time of year. On overcast days look for better surface activity with Blue Wings and March Browns. In the bright sun go deep with Mega Prince’s, Curtis Get Stoned Stonefly, Beldar’s Double Bead Stonefly Nymph.
This past Saturday I floated the stretch between Greenwaters Park and Black Canyon. What little Gluvit left on the bottom of my boat was pretty well scraped off. The sun was out and we saw zero surface activity. However we did find some fish on nymphs, fishing shorter off the Thingamabobber than I usually do, just 3-4 feet. The runs are pretty obvious with the lack of water so cast to the dark green stuff and get a nice dead drift.
I had a couple of young guys in the boat sharing their birthday. Jim Becker started the day off with a Salmon Creek Hatchery escapee.
Tim stuck this gorgeous whitefish just below Oakridge
Nice double from the twins.