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

I can report that fly fishing for landlocked hatchery summer steelhead at the Town Lake is slow but there are opportunities to have some very challenging fishing here when the rivers are otherwise un-fishable. On a recent guided trip to the …

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I have been using Schlappen feathers on a regular basis lately while tying up my boxes of winter steelhead flies. Fact is, I have been very surprised and pleased with the overall quality and diversity of the feathers I have …

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Our friends at Hareline Dubbin in Monroe Oregon have recently introduced three new options in fly tying kits that I have had the opportunity to examine recently. Nicely done. Following I’ll note some of my observations on these three kits. …

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Hydroelectric dams have had a devastating impact on anadromous fish populations, from inundating spawning areas to changing historic river flow patterns and raising water temperatures, and most importantly blocking passage of salmon and steelhead between the streams and Pacific Ocean. …

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We have had a mixed bag of weather this early season at Cedar Lodge. After what many have described as a mild Winter on the South Island we are now having an extreme Spring. This week was wrought with wind, … Continue reading

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All in store purchases are 10% off. Get 10% on top of all gift card purchases. Example: buy a $100 gift card and we will load it for $110. Buy any fly tying kit or complete fly fishing outfit and … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year again and we have created a short video to help you and yours seek out the very best gifts for the angler in 2016. Of course there are many more options and our helpful staff … Continue reading

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On my July trip to the Island of Youth I got to test out some of the great gear available in the fly fishing world today. Saltwater fly fishing for tarpon, bonefish and permit test your gear. The following is … Continu

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We arrived to 3 days of pounding rain and wind. Puddles dotted the property and gum boots were a requirement. Fortunately our good friend Alan Cooper had been taking care of the lodge grounds. Golf course, gardens and new plantings …

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In this instructional fly tying video Matt Powell demonstrates how to tie the Red Bandit. This “attractor” nymph pattern was developed by Matt in Colorado, but has produced a lot of fish for him in the Pacific Northwest. The fly …

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We left Portland on Veteran’s day and flew to Los Angeles for a late evening flight to Nandi Fiji. From Nandi, a mid day flight on to Auckland. We were pretty tired from the flight and had an early dinner … Continue reading

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August through early November is prime time for fishing October caddis pupae. In this video Matt Powell demonstrates how to tie an excellent imitation. This pattern works for trout and steelhead on our local waters and beyond. Troublemaker October Caddis …

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The shop has been getting reports the fishing has been “good” on the lower river.    So…., Only one way to find out?   Lou and Tim headed out and, let’s just say we confirmed….”the fishing is good”! The mild temps and …

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Matt Powell demonstrates how to tie a simple shank style steelhead fly. The weight and color combo are perfect for summer steelhead on the swing. The OPST shanks and Senyo’s trailer wire make this fly an effective “trailer hook” style …

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Beautiful fall days and fast dropping rivers mean the McKenzie and Willamette rivers have come back in shape after the last rain. While more rain is on the way our local rivers should hold in a while longer this November. …

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We are offering a shortened half day trip on our local waters for trout and steelhead for the month of November. The cost of the trip is $325. The trip includes guided fishing and equipment for two anglers. The trip …

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Matt Powell demonstrates how to tie a proven Rogue River swing or nymph style prince nymph variant. We love this style of fly from late August to November on the Rogue River for both adult and “half pounder” steelhead. Adapt …

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I had a chance to give the Nautilus XL Max fly reel a test run in the Bahamas this year. The reel is offered in sizes to fit 2wt through 9wt line sizes depending upon the model. The reel is … Continue reading →

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Is anyone interested in the status of Oregon’s coastal anadromous salmon and steelhead? I bet that plenty of people are not familiar with some basic facts like which species is most abundant, which species is most widely distributed, which species …

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Hurricane Matthew spared our favorite family vacation spot on the Bahamian Island of Abaco. The weather has remained a bit unsettled over the past week but it’s slated to improve each day for the next week. We arrived in Marsh … Continu

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Is anyone interested in the status of Oregon’s coastal anadromous salmon and steelhead? I bet that plenty of people are not familiar with some basic facts like which species is most abundant, which species is most widely distributed, which species fluctuates …

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This is a steelhead/sea-run cutthroat fly inspired by the pattern by Brett Jensen, newfound friend, who provided the recipe to Doug Brutaco of Aqua Flies. I borrowed from Brett’s Klamath Skater and his Obie Skater, both great flies on the Klamath …

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The HDA Fav Variant Jig is a great all around nymph. It’s a go to spring summer and fall tied below a Chubby Chernobyl. The quick descending and highly attractive pattern has caught fish all over the world! HDA Fav …

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Fly anglers fishing single hand rods with short head fly lines now have more options to choose from – thanks to the entry of AIRFLO’s new for 2016/17 Scout fly line. These very short shooting heads have been my go-to …

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Via The Oregonian: A federal judge is forcing discussion of a radical step to save endangered salmon: taking out four dams on the Lower Snake River. The public will get a chance to weigh in at meetings throughout the Northwest …

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This is a bare bones set of recommendations for the angler who is about to head out and try a hand fly fishing for fall Chinook on the Oregon Coast. We will be pleased to offer more detailed advice and … Continue readi

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The murmurs of excited anglers mingled with the crackling of the fire in Hideaway Bakery’s portable pizza oven as we kicked off this year’s Two Fly Tournament Friday night. Fishermen noshed on freshly baked pies, made with love and care by Hideaway chefs and the gaggle of …

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Dear Mr. Daughters: Thank you for your message in support of designating the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary in Oregon. I appreciate hearing from you and you will be pleased to know that I introduced H.R. 6129, the Frank Moore …

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Matt Ramsey was kind enough to share another Mongolia guide season report with OregonFlyFishingBlog.com. Thanks so much Matt. Another season in  Sweetwater Travel Company’s Mongolian Taimen Camps is in the books.  After last season’s high water and tougher fishing, this …

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It may be Idaho, but if your looking for an example what “big sky” means, check out the Henry’s Fork, Island Park, Idaho. Its just a few miles down the road from West Yellowstone. After casting streamers in Montana and … C

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