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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.

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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Please note: new location! TU Chapter 678 McKenzie Upper Willamette will hold an organizational meeting Monday May 5, 2014 at 6 PM in the small community room of The Stellaria Building 150 Shelton-McMurphey Blvd, Eugene, OR 97401. The nomination of …

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This Coho Bucktail relies on a single hook. The video emphasizes the process of applying Fish Mask as the head of the fly, but this is a good place to note that there are many occasions where use of a … C

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We floated from Belinger to Armitage Park yesterday. The river was higher than anticipated but a very “fishable” level and dropping quickly. A nice variety of insects were present throughout the day including Green McKenzie Caddis, Grannom Caddis, March Browns, …

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This is a relatively large fly I designed (ha ha) and fish for Pacific Albacore. The fly casts easily, swims true, and has been well received by Tuna, a combination that makes me smile. And smile. And smile. It is …

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CASTING FOR RECOVERY FLY BOX and FRAMED FLY RAFFLE TO BE HELD 6-25-14 AT MAC’S ON WILLAMETTE STREET, EUGENE OR CASCADE FAMILY FLY FISHERS MONTHLY MEETING, 6:30 PM. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.00 Your chance to win …

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This is a Clouser I sometimes refer to as the Patriot, because it incorporates Red, White, and Blue. Not going to explain that, you’ll either get it or not and it doesn‘t make a difference either way. This Clouser has …

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Spring has sprung, and it’s time to finish…or start your tying, as I often do. You walk up to the desk to find the top looking like a blended mess of feathers, fur, and other assorted fly tying materials. Or, … Continue reading

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It was Earth Day 2014 and no better way to celebrate it by going fishing with Brad (son-in-law) and launching The Beast. Ok, maybe Earth Day is not my most celebratory holiday, but it was another excuse to go fishing. … Continue readin

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Celebrating the history, the form and the function of the wooden white water boat that was invented here on McKenzie River. Saturday April 26th Nimrod, Oregon Come join the McKenzie River Community at the 9th annual McKenzie River Wooden Boat …

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Ain’t entirely sure, but I think the Surf Candy fly style is undeservedly under-appreciated on the US Pacific Coast. As I researched saltwater flies, beginning my personal venture offshore, I was struck by the fly’s simple construction, slim profile, and …

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