Water levels have dropped on the Middle Fork of the Willamette recently and fishing has remained very good. Wading anglers can now access much of the water between Hills Creek Reservoir and Lookout Point Reservoir with relative ease. For those looking to catch steelhead from Dexter Dam on into Eugene that section of the Willamette has also dropped and steelhead fishing has been good as well. Water levels in this area are in the “sweet spot” to be sure.
Best patterns for the Middle Fork of the Willamette have been Pale Morning Duns, Parachute Caddis, Green Drakes, Parachute Adams and Jigged Pheasant Tail Nymphs.
Best Steelhead patterns for the Willamette have been articulated style flies with color schemes purple/black and purple pink.
Steelhead numbers are looking pretty good to date, let’s hope they keep coming!