McKenzie River Fly Fishing Report Winter 2013

fly fishing the mckenzie river

It felt like a late Spring day on the lower McKenzie yesterday. Patches of sun and cloud, perfect water levels and good nymph fishing.

I had the Sage 499-4 rigged with a medium size Thingamabobber, 5-7ft of 3x tippet to a Double Bead Peacock Nymph and a Mega Prince.

mckenzie river winte fly fishing

Most of our fish were taken in water with a depth of 4-8ft. Fish ranged in size from 8-16 inches and were in fine shape.

mckenzie river fishing

We floated from Hendricks to Hayden Bridge and the water looks fantastic this year. Classic riffles looked great, but were not holding fish like the slower deeper water below them.

The weather and water conditions are looking great for the next week or so, get out and enjoy some of our early season trout fishing.

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6 Responses to McKenzie River Fly Fishing Report Winter 2013

  1. Stevie says:

    Did you recapture any tagged fish? Just wondering…

    PS. I hope Lou doesn’t find out you’re spilling the beans 😉

  2. David Jensen says:

    Any new obstructions or channels in the Hendricks-Bellinger section?

  3. Nate says:


  4. Arlen says:

    As of a couple of weeks ago there were no new obstructions of much concern, but the braids right above where the EWEB canal comes in have been reshaped, like they are just about every winter. Stick to the middle or right channel and you should be fine.

    And keep an eye out for those tagged fish.

  5. Steve says:

    How low is too low for a hard boat through this stretch? This lack of rain is killing me.

  6. JD BROWN says:

    Howdy Northwestern Neighbors,

    I’m coming to see your state and fly fishinh streams next September 2014, if I’m still alive. What I need from any one reading this post is any and all info on and about the streams, rivers, maps, guides, duggested flies for a September fly fish, and any camps or rooming?

    I’ve never had to pleasure to come to Orgeon or Washington State before and I’m already hippy about coming to visit these states.

    My sincere thanks to anyone, any guides, any members of Trout Unlimited, or great fellow trout fishermen/fisherwomen. Please, post also any good fly fishing shops and local Chamber of Commerce that I can contact.

    JD Brown

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