November McKenzie and Willamette Fishing Report

Eric and Christopher Stowell Steelhead

The fishing in the Eugene area in November can be hit or miss. If the weather stays dry, and the water levels low, as they have this season, ideal fishing conditions will linger. Look for the trout and steelhead fishing on the Willamette and McKenzie to remain good until monsoon season arrives.

Dan Phillips Steelhead

Afternoon blue winged olive hatches will keep the trout looking up, while the October caddis dry and Possie Bugger dropper combinations continue to get a lot of attention. The Steelhead this time of year will eat a number of different things, provided they are in the right spot. In the past week, I have seen Steelhead taken on October caddis dry flies, nymphs, muddlers, leeches, and traditional wet flies.

Willamette River Steelhead

In short, get out and fish close to home while you still can. If you want to maximize your time on the water, catch some fish, and learn a few things in the bargain, take us up on the Fall half day guided trip special for just $250. Give the shop a call (541-342-7005) to book your day out for one or two anglers. We will fish the prime part of the day, provide the equipment if needed.

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