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The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog

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

You are cordially invited to the first exclusive local DamNation film event, 6pm Sunday 8-24-14, at Splitz on 2400 NE Diamond Lake Blvd in Roseburg. It’s dinner and a movie — pizza and salad buffet for only $9 – cosponsored …

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Hey all you saltwater fly fishing enthusiasts out there – I think that I mentioned recently a day when we found the sea bass on the surface for an extended period of time and had loads of fun casting to …

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I spent a recent afternoon with George Cook, the Northwest sales representative of Farbank (Sage-Rio-Redington). After he showed me all the new gear in the shop, we headed out to the river for some “on the water time” testing out …

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Last Monday I left Eugene with a mission: buy a used Toyota Tacoma and get some fishing in. Thankfully I did both, but with a few hiccups. First I learned I had to wait a week before I could get …

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Summer steelhead fishing is heating up around the state and it’s a great time to catch a steelhead on a dry fly. The Willamette, North Umpqua and Deschutes rivers are great places to skate or wake a fly. Fishmadman steelhead …

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When the month of August comes around, I get tunnel vision. This is the time of year when big numbers of summer steelhead start moving into the Lower Deschutes, and these early fish are some of the hottest, most quality … Continue reading

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We’ve got some awesome new shop T-shirts in brown and dark blue colors. We’ve also got the new Oregon Trout shirts as well in Green and Blue in a variety of sizes. T-shirts are $25 each. Trust me, these Tees … Continu

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Monday, August 11th, Rogue Ales Public House (lower level), 844 Olive St, Eugene. The Redsides Chapter meetings will now take place on the second Monday of each month. The board meeting is at 6:00PM and all members are welcome to …

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Once in a while, if we are really lucky, it all comes together.  Today was one of those miracle days. I’m too tired to write much, and that’s probably a relief for a lot of our readers.  Just imagine what …

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Despite continued hot weather throughout the state of Oregon, fishing opportunities abound. We have been focusing our guided trips on the upper most section of the Mckenzie River a bit more this season. The upper river is colder and has …

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This is a very brief report on the Echo Glass fly rod I have been fishing for the last several months.  In short, I REALLY enjoy the rod.  This is not a long range casting rod like my 9 foot, … Continue reading →

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We have recently added highly some effective and unique flies to our offering at The Caddis Fly and Caddisflyshop.com. A new series of Steelhead dry flies, more jigged style nymphs, and more colors to a “new to us” but very …

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Life is good here on the Oregon Coast.  One day might involve a leisurely outing from 10 to 1 at Lake Hebo, fishing for trophy size hatchery trout.  The next could involve fishing the estuary on an easy outgoing tide … Con

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You may not know me. I’m new to the Caddis Fly Shop family. Chris hired me to help with caddisflyshop.com writing product descriptions and general upkeep. I am extremely lucky and thankful to be able to blend my passion for … Con

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Let’s be honest 90+ degree temperatures are less than ideal for trout fishing in the Willamette Valley. We just don’t see this kind of heat this early in the year very often. Combine the heat with a lack of snow …

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We fish and fish, and sometimes we hook a fish.  If that fish happens to be a spring chinook, it is a dear prize and we then proceed to do our best to land the fish.  We may release the … Continue reading →

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Sometimes everything goes right.  I met a young man recently, new to the Oregon Coast, who saw me fishing and started to ask questions about what, how, when, and even why.  I offered help on lines, gave him a few … Conti

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Chris asked me to shoot him a few notes, casual observations on some of the gear I have been fishing as of late.  Naturally, I chose to report on the gear that I have come to depend on day after … Continue reading →

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With some nice weather coming, it became too much of a lure for one more shot at lake fishing. The lake of choice: Crane Prairie. If you have been fortunate enough to fish Crane, without a doubt, you have had … Continue reading →

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The Redsides – July Meeting Monday, July 7th, The Stellaria Building 150 Shelton Mcmurphey Blvd., Eugene Large community room At 6:00 PM, The Redsides will hold their monthly board meeting in the small community Room of the Stellaria Building, 150 …

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So here is the plan for Friday. Go into work early make sure it’s all handled and then head to the river around 11am! Today we have a bit of rain and overcast. The fish on the McKenzie and Willamette … Continue reading 

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On May 19, 20, and 21, I had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Mikhail Skopets on some of my home-waters, where we fished for spring chinook in Tillamook Bay and on the Nestucca – and for black rockfish in the Pacific … Continue re

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By now the state media has spread the word the ODFW Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan (CMP) was approved. However, what was not in most press releases: The harvesting of winter steelhead in the Umpqua Basin was REMOVED from …

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This week Sage Fly Rod Company announced to dealers that they could discount remaining inventories of two outstanding rod series and one reel series. Excellent timing for those looking to upgrade or augment their fly rod collection as we move …

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Screening of the film, ‘DamNation’ Thursday, June 19 at Bijou Art Cinema (492 East 13th), 7 pm Western Environmental Law Center and Save Our Wild Salmon with sponsorship from Mountain Rose Herbs is hosting a screening of the film ‘DamNation’ …

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June is a great time to fish Central Oregon’s spring creeks. With both the Metolius and Fall rivers open to angling in certain sections year round, late Spring/early Summer remains one of my favorite times to fish the gin clear …

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What If You Could Listen To Your Water Source? On Saturday, June 7, 2014, “McKenzie River Stories,” an interactive multimedia exhibit will open at the Lane County Historical Museum in Eugene, OR. A family-friendly opening reception will take place from …

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In typical agency fashion, ODFW is hosting a weekday event wherein working folks need to try to take a day off to support their interest in protecting wild fish in the Coastal Management Plan. There is a place for written …

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The Middle Fork of the Willamette is flowing at ideal levels for trout and steelhead fishing. With approx 810 cubic feet per second being released out of Hills Creek dam the Middle Fork near Oakridge is very “wadable” and “boatable”. …

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Blog reader and freelance photographer Joshua Rainey sent us a writeup of his recent Deschutes Salmon Fly Trip: We floated Warm Springs to Trout Creek on Friday/Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. The fishing started off really good with a few …

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