McKenzie River Fishing Report May 3, 2020


We floated the lower McKenzie from Hendricks Park to Hayden Bridge Sunday afternoon. The water was high but dropping and plenty clear. Warm periods of the day saw reasonable numbers of Green McKenzie Caddis, Brown Caddis, March Browns, and Pale Morning Duns. We nymphed a bit with Mega Prince and Jigged Pheasant Tails. Best success was had swinging Possie Buggers and Soft Hackle Pheasant Tails. You could really tell the river is on the verge of “breaking loose” in terms of some really outstanding fishing. Next week the weather looks good, water levels should drop and a slight rise in water temps will have everything going from PMD’s to larger Stones and of course the Green McKenzie Caddis. The next two months are some of the very best of the year. Enjoy!


The Caddis Fly continues to be closed for walk in traffic but we are doing plenty of curbside pickups and and online mail orders. We can even help you try on a pair of waders in the parking lot with a bit of a heads up. Give us a ring and we will help pick out your flies, leaders, tippets and floatants for our super local fisheries. If you need a line on a reel not a problem just give us a ring.


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