New Year Fresh Fish

Spring has been in the air off and on over the early weeks of 2024. Daffodils and crocuses are popping up and trees are budding… Just in time for a major cold front and storm to arrive in the next week. Ha!

When the cold rain and snow subside and the rivers come back into shape, fish will be refreshed and we’ll be ready for Spring to work its magic.

Here’s a couple of moments from the last few weeks when the weather and the waters aligned. Happy fishing!

2023 Finishes Strong

As we close the book on another amazing year of fishing, it’s a great time to reflect on our good fortune. Scott and Matt are truly grateful for the generous support from family, friends, fishing fanatics, and of course the fish. Thanks for sharing in the adventure over all the years. We literally couldn’t do what we do without you.

Now we segue into the holiday season and the promise of a new year of fun and games with water. As we look forward, here’s a quick glance back at the last few weeks of great fishing and good times. Wishing you all the very best for the coming season. Can’t wait to see you on the other side!

Floating into Fall

Ahhh, Fall is finally here! Cooler shorter days make for a sweet coda to the summer trout season. As we settle into the colder darker months ahead, here is a look back at the last few months of great times and fun fishing. Enjoy!

Midsummer Moments

Summertime, and the living is easy. We’ve been enjoying the flip flops and sun hoody season here on the local waters.

With plenty of action from both wild and hatchery trout, fishing has been super fun. On those days that the rain has cooled things down, the bite has been especially great. Here are some images from the last few weeks. See you on the river!

Bucket List Baja Adventure

After years of deferring the invitation from my old friend, Manuel Ramon Doe, I finally decided this was the year to join him for his annual visit to his personal Shangri-La. Never having caught a roosterfish or a dorado, it was time to experience the fabled trophy waters of Baja’s Sea of Cortez for myself.

We had an incredible week, with countless opportunities to connect with the fish of a lifetime. What more could a big-game fly angler ask for? Although I never landed a “Papa Gallo,” there were trophy class fish landed by someone in camp every day of the week. The crew of captains were the A-team of the area fly guides and knew how and when to make the most of every day.

Now as we get back to trout fishing on the local rivers, I’m thankful to Ramone and Gui for their generosity and guidance. My trip was made on the first day to be on the boat as Ramone landed his personal best rooster on his 11th visit to this incredible fishery.

Here are a few images from yet another trip of a lifetime. Let me know if you ever want to knock this one off your bucket list. It’s the real deal.

Special Thanks to Uncle Gary, Ramone, Gui, Glenn U, JB, Harry, Mr B., Thing1 and Thing 2, Paul, Grove, Karen, the lodge crew, and all the guides.

Muchisimas gracias a Leo y Ali para toda la comida excelente y sabrosa!!

Huge respect to el Jefe, Valente Sr., R.I.P.

Rain, Chrome and Rainbows

It has been a wild few months of weather here in Western Oregon! Between all the snow, hail, rain, sunshine, wind, and occasionally calm perfect conditions, there has been something for everyone who loves being out in the thick of the elements.

Lucky for us, the fish don’t seem to mind the weather and were quite happily feeding and living their best lives as we occasionally interrupted their zen for a photo op. As we slide into the first week of truly warm weather of the calendar year, here’s a look back at a few of of those moments when the elements align and everything seems right with the world.

Ethan and Roberta

Winter Visions

Volatile weather is always a consideration for winter fishing, with a recent stretch of snowy, icy, rainy, sleety, etc. conditions as a prime example. But in between moments when the roads and rivers clear, we have been enjoying some memorable days on the water. As we look ahead to Spring trout fishing and the joy of the first good hatches of the season, here is a look back at the times when the weather reminded us that this is a great place to live!

As we look to the warming weeks ahead, we are again offering our Spring Special McKenzie Half Day Rate between now and April 20, 2023: $400 for 1-2 Anglers for a 4-5 hour outing during the best time of the day. Please feel free to contact the Dudes for more information and to save your date for some of the best dry fly trout fishing of the season!

Summer and Fall in the Valley

Since the Spring rains tapered off in late June, we’ve had a long run of dry weather. With the Cedar Creek Fire continuing to pump smoke into our region, we’ve been fairly fortunate that the airflow has mostly spared the upper McKenzie Valley. Now half way through the first October without precipitation that anyone can remember, we are again dusting off our rain dancing shoes.

In spite of the persistent dry and occasionally smoky conditions, we’ve enjoyed steady good fishing for trout and even a few steelhead now and then. As we hope for rain to douse the fire, swell the salmon rivers, and wash away the dust of late summer, here’s a look back at some of the moments that keep the spirits aligned.

Fishing through the Floods

Well, I guess you could say our rain dance worked! After a mostly dry winter and early Spring, the floodgates opened and we received record rainfall. The Portland Airport recorded the highest April rainfall amount ever! Here in the rain soaked upper Valley, conditions on the river were quite volatile. Some days it would rain hard and the river would rise rapidly, followed by a few days of showers and dropping levels, followed by more rain, etc.

Through it all, however, we’ve managed to find some great fishing (if you didn’t mind getting soaked for your trouble, now and then!). As things settle down into more reasonable weather and river conditions, we are grateful for all the water and snowpack to sustain the fish for the coming summer season. Special thanks to all the intrepid anglers who braved the elements with us over the last month and a half. You make it all worth it!

Now as we segue into some of the best fishing of the year, here’s a look back at all the soggy and sunny and windy and sleeting days that we won’t soon forget.

Spring Things

The riverbanks are greening and the trout are rising. Fishing has been very good over the last few weeks here in the Valley. With our first significant hatches of the season underway, beautiful wild trout are happy.

We love this time of year and look forward to the promise of the next several months on the river. See you on the water!