Category Archives: McKenzie River

Jigged Perdi Egg: Fly Tying Tutorial

In this video, Simon ties a great egg pattern for the winter and spring. This “Perdi-Egg” merges two proven patterns into one. The Perdigon is a european style attractor nymph that is known around the world. Whether you like it … Continue reading

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April NFS McKenzie Chapter Gathering – 6pm April 9th

Event Details: What: April McKenzie Chapter Gathering When: 6 pm – 7 pm, Tuesday, April 9th, 2024 Where: Falling Sky Brewing | 1334 Oak Alley, Eugene, OR 97401 Topic: Join us for an evening covering Keep Fish Wet best practices as a way to get excited for the … Continue reading

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March Brown Fly Tying Tutorials

With the March Brown hatch underway, we’ve collected a variety of past tying videos for some spring-time inspiration. We are seeing plenty of bugs on the lower river. Swinging wets is super effective for this hatch specifically. Plenty of fish … Continue reading

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Jigged Red Pheasant Tail: Nymph Tying Tutorial

In this video, Simon ties a new take on a classic pattern that has withstood the test of time. You can find some variation of a pheasant tail nymph in most shops across the world. It is a great attractor … Continue reading

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Early March Fishing Report

After a winter of high water, cold weather, and ice, it is nice to have some more mild weather and to see our river’s clarity and levels in a more stable state. Fishing lately on our local rivers the McKenzie … Continue reading

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McKenzie and Willamette River Resource Guide

Stopping by your local fly sh0p to get water conditions, fly recommendations and information on tactics is still the very best resource for the angler. Chatting with a fly shop employee who was on the water recently will give you … Continue reading

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Bubble Back BWO: Nymph Tying Tutorial

In this video, Simon ties his secret winter nymph that he doesn’t leave home without. The Bubble back BWO is tied to imitate an ascending Baetis nymph surfacing to hatch and is one of his most productive BWO nymphs. When … Continue reading

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Snowshoe BWO Emerger: Dry Fly Tying Tutorial

In this video, Simon ties a proven Bluewing Olive (BWO) Emerger. Bluewinged Olives generally hatch on cloudy, overcast days. Because of the cooler, sometimes wet conditions, it can take them longer to emerge and dry their wings. Due to the … Continue reading

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$27 Million Awarded For Springer, Winter-run Restoration In Willamette

THE FOLLOWING IS A NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE FEATURE STORY An influx of $27 million from the Office of Habitat Conservation under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act is reinvigorating efforts to restore threatened salmon and trout species in Oregon’s Willamette River … Continue reading

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McKenzie River Discovery Center April Boat Building Workshops – Learn to build a Mckenzie River Drift Boat

The Mckenzie River Discovery Center (MRDC) is holding two riverboat building classes in April: the McKenzie River Drift Boat (April 22-26), and the Diablo Canyon (April 29 – May 9), a re-creation of Keith Steele’s first Colorado River dory for … Continue reading

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High Water Drone Footage from Finn Rock Reach

From: McKenzie River Trust News Making a messy river for salmon and long-term resilience at Finn Rock Reach The project at Finn Rock Reach was already showing encouraging signs in September when wild Chinook salmon scattered across the site for … Continue reading

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The McKenzie River Drift Boat – A Documentary Movie

From: Oregon Boat/Eddyline Entertainment From 1909 to 1976 the McKenzie River Drift Boat evolved and gained fame on Oregon’s McKenzie River. Today it is an icon of Oregon adventure. The first to run many of the big white water rivers … Continue reading

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Early November Fishing Report

Rain and cooler weather have brought lots of Baetis (Blue Winged Olives/BWOs) and our first small winter stoneflies. There are still some lingering Mahogany Duns and October Caddis around, as well as a few leftover small caddis around. Much of … Continue reading

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This Billion-Dollar Plan to Save Salmon Depends on a Giant Fish Vacuum

Check out this informative article from Propublica.org about dam drawdowns in the Willamette Basin. If you have been wondering why Fall Creek, Cougar, and Lookout Reservoirs are like rivers right now this article will explain. Click HERE to read.

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Finn Rock Boat Landing Temporary Closure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Finn Rock Boat Landing Temporary Closure until Spring 2024 FINN ROCK- Ore. – October 11, 2023 Finn Rock Landing is a popular recreation site on the McKenzie River near Blue River, Oregon, attracting as many as 400 people a day … Continue reading

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