“I Want a be Like Bill” Fishing Hard at 91

fly fishing the mckenzie river

My friend Bill has been Fly Fishing the McKenzie River for a long time. We had a fun day on the upper McKenzie River this past Monday despite some seriously wet weather. Green Drakes, Pale Morning Duns and Small caddis were hatching. Dry fly fishing in fast water was better than I’d seen it all year. Bill fished hard all day, wet, cold, and spot on.  He did not lose a fly all day. No easy task when high water has you pitching at the banks on most presentations.

mckenzie river fly fishing

mckenzie river fly fishing

Mckenzie rainbow trout

Back to Bill. He has been a an Oregon resident much of his life and has fished around the state for trout primarily. He still makes annual trips to California’s Sacramento River and Idaho’s Henry’s Fork. Did I mention he’s 91.

I have been guiding Bill on the McKenzie and Willamette for the past 23. He has a great attitude about fishing that one only gets with experience and knowledge. When I am 91 I want to be upfront casting all day for something.

lunch with bill


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5 Responses to “I Want a be Like Bill” Fishing Hard at 91

  1. David Swart says:

    Love it,never met Bill,but seems like a guy who knows what he wants to do,& does it,I have a friend named Larry Duckworth,Paisley,Or,that’s the same way,has forgotten more about the river than I’ll ever learn,tight lines friends.

  2. Don Childs says:

    Nice story. My dad fished up until he was 93. I only knew it was on his last days when he turned down a fishing trip for on the Colorado River for Striped Bass, as it was still on his bucket list.

  3. Jim Terborg says:

    I want to be like Bill too!

  4. Rob R says:

    Bravo, Bill!

  5. Doug says:

    I want to be like Bill!

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