Despite the recent rain of this past week, water and fishing conditions are excellent in the Willamette Valley and the State of Oregon. Here are some of the highlights and flies to use for some of our great fly fishing waters of Oregon.
The Lower McKenzie River is fishing well especially on some of the cloudy days we’ve have lately. Look for the sun to pop and fishing to remain good but focus more on morning and evening as we head into August. Water levels and water temperatures are going to be really good for lower river trout this year and the “Summer Lul” associated with low and warm water is most likely not going to occur. Flies you need to have in your box for the lower river include.
The Upper McKenzie remains in great shape and is fishing very well. The Upper McKenzie offers trout more mid-day cover with it’s pocket water and boisterous flows. Larger dry flies as indicator flies and all day fishing even in the heat of summer is available. Only recently have flows settled to historical norms for this time of year and we are unlikely to see really low water on the upper river this year. High water is great for the fish and insect habitat so look for the fall to be amazing. Flies to have in your pack.
The Middle Fork of the Willamette has been a bit frustrating when examining the year as a whole (high water) but lately it’s been fantastic. Water level are way down, wading and boating conditions are great. This past week offered mid-day caddis hatches that moved some really nice fish into shallow riffles. When the caddis were around fish were more than willing to eat imitations. Hopper dropper rigs worked well all day on inside edges and drop offs. Similar Flies as the McKenzie.
Local Steelhead Report:
Steelhead Counts over Willamette Falls have been good with the number of fish now over 18,000. Both the McKenzie and Willamette have been producing results. Fishing has yet to get red hot and many fish are still making their way into the system. Early morning and evening will be best.
Good patterns include: