Favorite Flies for Spring on the McKenzie and Willamette Part One: Nymphs and Wets

It’s spring break and the McKenzie River near Eugene is coming into shape nicely. The Willamette is still running a bit high and dirty but could come around later this week. March Browns are hatching daily around 1:38pm. Here are six ¬†fly suggestions to keep you successful on the McKenzie and Willamette this Spring. Six more coming in Part 2.

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Fish the Mega Prince under an indicator or swung deep. It’s consistently one of our favorite high water nymphs.

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You would think fish would get tired of looking at the Possie Bugger, nope. A great fly at all times of the year on the McKenzie and Willamette. High water fish the size 8, caddis hatch later in April fish it in a 16.

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We get a surprising number of stoneflies in the spring and early summer on the McKenzie and Willamette. Get the Double Bead Golden Stone down deep with a smaller nymph dropper for best results.

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The Tungsten Trout Retriever gets down deep without being to massive to cast. Add a small Pheasant Tail or Copper John and you have a recipe for success.

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Spring time on the McKenzie is a great time to swing flies. Silvey’s Soft Serve March Brown has a bit more weight for faster runs and riffles. A new found killer!

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The Coachman has caught fish for over 100 years. Think of it as a subsurface attractor pattern. Cutthroat on the lower river love it.

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3 Responses to Favorite Flies for Spring on the McKenzie and Willamette Part One: Nymphs and Wets

  1. Fishkamp says:

    Possie Buggers!!

  2. Matt Eifler says:

    Would you all consider putting up tying instructions/video on the tungsten trout retriever?

  3. Dave Earl says:

    Love the Coachman inclusion. I have fished a small (18-20) wet coachman dropped off a larger nymph for years with great success, glad to see it working here

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