Mid day fly fishing in the McKenzie and Willamette can be a bit tough these days. What’s an angler to do? The following are a few suggestions, thoughts, observations to get you through the next couple of weeks.
Smallmouth Bass on the Umpqua
Take a few Clousers, Mega Princes and JJ’s Special and head down to the Umpqua. The water is warm so you won’t need your waders. Tube it, wade it or boat it. Popular drifts are Umpqua to Woods Ramp, or Woods to Osprey. A raft or Pontoon can make the drift from Ferguson to Yellow Creek. I just made this one this weekend for the first time and it was a short productive drift.
The Middle Fork above Hills Creek Reservoir and the South Fork above Cougar Reservoir are both excellent bets this time of year. Try attractors, hoppers, parachute adams, small caddis and small possie buggers. Both of these rivers have tons of walk and wade access and you will often have large stretches of river all to yourself.
Tuna Fishing With Capt Nate, the photo tells it all.
Sea Runs on the Coast
Take Jay Nicholas’s Class on Sea Runs scheduled for Aug 28th, see more details here.
Steelhead are moving into the lower Deschutes and reports vary from decent to poor. Look for water temperatures in the lower Deschutes to get colder and a “wad” of fish to move into the lower river.
Local Steelheading has been good on the Willamette. Dexter all the way into town has been consistently producing fish. Moal leeches, Hobo Spey’s, Bush’s Town Run, Morejohn’s Bantam have been productive patterns.
September and October are going to be amazing this year, good water, good salmon and steelhead returns mean to many places to go, fish to catch and not enough time.–CD