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

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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With only a few days before the Fat Man comes down the chimney, Chris D. asked the Caddis Fly Shop team to select three favorite items we would always take fishing. As you can imagine they vary but, these are … C

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Very frankly, I was not an instant fan of the Clear Cure Goo Product line.  I tried it a little when tying Salmon and Steelhead flies, sometimes applying Goo on top of a fly head already treated with a conventional …

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This week provided some decent fishing on the coastal streams for steelhead. I had Clay and Andrew, my work teammates aboard “the beast.” We decided Monday would be our day. It proved to be a great day on the coast. … Continue

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We will miss this years party but not the weather. Patsy, Cash, Shauna and Chris wish everyone a very merry holiday season. Please join us for our annual Christmas party at the shop on December 19th from 4-830ish. A discount … C

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Yesterday, Caddis Fly Shop Owner Chris Daughters’ Op-Ed ran in the Register-Guard, in support of the McKenzie Flyfishers and Steamboaters lawsuit, filed earlier this month regarding hatchery spring chinook on the McKenzie River. An excerpt of the column is here: …

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Here we are on the trailing end of the 2013 Chinook Season and it’s time for me to muse over snippets from the season– one being more time fishing with Switch rods for Kings. Short story: I have come to … Contin

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I have tied flies for something over five decades, but until recently I tied relatively few patterns that could properly be classified as pure Saltwater Specialty flies. Being predictably unpredictable, I stepped away from my usual range of flies about …

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Tony demonstrates how to tie a Pale Morning Dun emerger pattern. The low floating emerger is perfect for flat water with picky fish. The fly floats low in the surface film and is effective during any Pale Morning Dun hatch. …

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The Muddler Minnow fly pattern is adapted in this video to for steelhead fly fishing. This pattern can be fished on the surface or “skated” or subsurface swung down and across. While the fly has a nice “spun” head Tony …

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This simple ant pattern is highly visible and perfect for summer fishing on a variety of waters. Antron wings can be added before the parachute style hackle as well. Bloom’s Parachute Ant Thread: Veevus 12/0 Black Hook: TMC 100, Sizes …

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