McKenzie and Willamette Fishing Report September 2012

fly fishing the Mckenzie river

The Middle Fork of the Willamette and the McKenzie Rivers are fishing well as Fall approaches. River levels are perfect, insect activity is increasing and angler activity/fishing pressure is decreasing.

Two large in size, and important insect hatches are upon us. Short-Winged Stoneflies and October Caddis are present on both the McKenzie and Middle Fork. It’s time to fish Orange Caddis, Foam October Caddis, Chubby Chernobyls, large Stimulators and similar big bugs. Many of these patterns will hold up a Possie Bugger, Prince Nymph or October Caddis nymph/pupae style pattern in size # 10-14..

Smaller Caddis, Blue Winged Olives and Gray Drakes are also emerging daily. Small Orange Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams and Hairwing Gray Drakes are good patterns to have on our local waters.

wild trout on the upper mckenzie river

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