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McKenzie River fly fishing, Oregon fly fishing reports and fly tying videos.

2013 was a big run year for Pink Salmon on the Skagit River in Washington. Everyone, seemingly, who fishes for Pink Salmon touts the wonders of pink flies, baits and lures – so this Surf Candy style of fly stays …

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Despite sometimes gusty upriver winds March Browns emerged yesterday in fair numbers. The drift between Hayden Bridge and Armitage Park produced “pretty decent” fishing. Water conditions are ideal at the moment, and with a few clouds in the forecast fishing …

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This Saltwater Clouser fly fishes well in the both open ocean and estuaries. The texture of the Electric Yellow fibers are not as pleasing to my likes as most of the Steve Farrar’s Blends, but it is bright and I …

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We have reserved at least 50 autographed copies of All Fishermen Are Liars. These hardbound copies are perfect to add to your angling library and make a fantastic gift for any angler. Click the following link to order your copy …

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The lower McKenzie River is fishing really well. Dropping water levels and rising water temperatures are a good combo. Grannom caddis and March Browns are the important surface oriented insects. Peacock Caddis in sizes 16 and 18 and March Brown …

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Surprisingly, this little fly fishes well in the open ocean and in estuarine habitats like Puget Sound and the Frasier River in BC. The fly is small but predatory fish from sea run cutthroat to Black Rockfish know how to …

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Yep. This is a great time of year to fish. The McKenzie is coming on strong with nymphs and dries, Spring Chinook are in the Lower Willamette just begging to be shown a fly to eat, there are many lakes … Continue reading

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Here is a list of “go to” standard fly patterns for your local fishing over the next couple of weeks. Sizes may vary slightly and of course there are many other effective flies. These are your “don’t leave home without …

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We are extending our spring special trout trips through April. Fishing lately has been very good, with consistent nymphing throughout the day and intermittent dry fly activity. The recent moderate amounts of precipitation have kept the river at an optimal …

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It’s time to move our inventory from Winter to Spring. We have put most of our Winter apparel on sale. Check out the great deals on Howler Brothers, Patagonia, Korkers and much more on these pages. Patagonia Howler Korkers Casual …

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From TU 678: Trout Unlimited, McKenzie-Upper Willamette #678 is re-starting chapter activities! There will be a meeting on April 10th, at 7:00 pm in the Vista Conference Room at Symantec, 555 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477. Please use the East …

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The sky outside may not look like the above picture outside right now,…but the sun did come out earlier this week. Jim Y. and I took a quick trip down the Mckenzie and on to the Willy. I wanted to … Continue reading →

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Yep. Mentioned this last week and sure enough, the hatchery rainbow appeared in the Town Lake and Lake Hebo, close to my coastal range haunts last week. My son Jackson and I spent several afternoons in sun sharing water time, …

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Via our buddies at WaterWatch of Oregon: Please contact Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today and ask them to oppose S. 1630, the “Water Rights Protection Act.” A companion bill, H.R. 3189, has already passed the House …

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After reading Chester Allen’s book “Fly Fishing for Sea-Run Cutthroat“, my fishing buddy Doc Reedy bought me a copy, and we took his class on the subject at the Albany Expo. When Chester invited us up for a day of …

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To the sound of the background music of “At Last”, the river is beginning to drop and allowed us a quick drift on the lower McKenzie this week. The March Brown hatch has begun. Not strong in numbers as yet, … Co

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John Geirach has a new book out, All Fishermen Are Liars. Great quote from the video trailer… “You can’t waste your life making money, and then go back and try to buy your life back.” He’ll be in town April …

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Friday, April 11 2014, the Native Fish Society, 300 wild fish supporters, and 100 generous donors come together under the big top at Montgomery Park in Portland, OR to create the largest wild fish fundraiser/party in the universe. We hope …

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Packable and visible in Fury Orange the Simms Fall Run Jacket is a great insulation piece for those cool and sometimes windy Spring fishing days. Get it now while they last for only $119, regularly $179. Online here, or give …

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Yes it is mid March, and time when steelhead season often winds down. This year however some rivers are seeing more winter steelhead than they did earlier, so for those folks who still have the energy, there are indeed fish … C

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Coho Salmon are as likely to feed on little shrimp and various larvae as to feed on good-sized baitfish in the ocean, but when they want bait, they will chase streamer style flies with gusto. I wanted to adapt the …

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OK fellow baitfish fly-tyers, here is a questin answered, as in – Hi Jay, I’m interested in trying some of the Steve Farrar’s synthetic wing materials you have mentioned in your fly tying videos, but am a little unsure as …

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Continuing Jay’s series on Saltwater Fly Tying: Black Rockfish are opportunistic predators and sometimes feed voraciously on a variety of baitfish – making them vulnerable to a cast-and-strip presentation with a wide range of baitfish fly styles. I wanted to …

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A Register-Guard editorial last week predicts the the recent decision in the Sandy River hatchery lawsuit will make way for changes on the McKenzie River that will protect endangered Upper-Willamette Spring Chinook Salmon. Haggerty’s ruling is handwriting on the wall …

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The Chinook Bendback is a fly style that has been popularized in saltwater and estuarine waters where anglers fish flies in shallow waters where weeds and muck could easily foul hooks on traditional patterns. The process of bending the hook …

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The Blueback Chapter of Trout Unlimited is bring the Fly Fishing Film Tour to Corvallis on February 15th at the Whiteside Theatre. Tickets are available online here, $10 advance or $15 at the door. Ninkasi, Nectar Creek Honeymead, 4 Spirits …

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Well folks, the weekend is almost here! Enjoy some hot links to get you through your workday. Don’t cry for me, Captain Ken in Argentina Our buddy Capt Ken Jones just got back from a great week fishing for trout …

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Introduction to Fly Tying Class Begins We will be putting on our second class of the Winter season. Class begins Monday, January 27th and will continue to February 24th. 6-8 pm at the Caddis Fly Shop The class takes place … Continue

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ODFW is currently seeking public comment on the Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan. The commentary below was sent to us by Joe Ferguson of the Steamboaters on the North Umpqua. The draft Coastal salmonid Management Plan (CMP) is available …

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From the Native Fish Society: “It is undisputed that hatchery operations can pose a host of risks to wild fish…it is clear that the Sandy River Basin is of particular importance to the recovery of the four [Endangered Species Act] …

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