Hatch report for McKenzie River and Middle Fork of the Willamette

AHH. My favorite time of the year to trout fish is here in the Willamette Valley. Warmer, longer days, a little clearer skies, and of course the mighty McKenzie Green Caddis. If you have never experience this hatch, or it has been awhile since you have been in a good one, this weekend and next week are looking to be the time that it will come into fruition. The 10 day weather forecast is calling for mild temps and only a slight chance of showers a couple of days. Perfect weather for Green Caddis. With both the McKenzie and MFW on a steady drop, it is looking good for both the wading and boating angler to be a part of the action. Along with the Green Caddis, there are also some March Browns still around, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, random smaller caddis, and the seemingly out of place Green Drake. Before the hatches start it is best to be nymphing with Tungsten Trout Retriever, Mega Prince, Beldar’s Double Bead Stone and dropping off a Possie Bugger, Bead Head Prince, or Morrish’s Super Pupa Bright Green under a Thingamabobber with 3X and 4X Rio Flouroflex leader. As the hatches progress swing a Green Caddis Wet and a Cahill wet. Or if that is not working, swing your Possie Bugger in front of your Green Caddis. CDC Green Caddis and McKenzie Green Caddis dries doubled up will increase you chances during the full on hatch. Other bugs to have in your box are: Almost Dun PMD, PMD Sparkle Dun, Parachute Yellow Sally, Peacock Caddis, Parachute Adams and a Green Paradrake.

See you on the river.

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