The lower river has been fishing very good the past two weeks. With cloudy days and warmer weather, the fish are looking up and if you get out there at the right time, the March Brown hatch has been excellent. This past week around mid-day with partly cloudy skies the March Brown hatch was abundant and using a Parachute March Brown #12 or #14 was automatic with fish rising everywhere. Swinging soft hackles has also been very effective using a March Brown Soft Hackle #12, Hare’s Ear Soft Hackle #14, and a March Brown Emerger #12.
Nymphing is producing well with cooler mornings and evenings. The most effective nymphs have been the Sen’s Jigged Twenty Incher #12, Berry’s PCP #14, and the Bead Head March Brown Nymph #12. With weather next week getting into the sixties and partly cloudy skies in the forecast, Thursday all the way through the end of the weekend should be a spectacular opportunity for dry fly fishing on the McKenzie. Get out there when you can and take advantage of longer days!