As we segue into the fall season, the days are getting shorter, the mornings crisp and cool. Anglers across the northwest are increasingly focussed on the coast and the promise of fresh fall chinook salmon.
But for those anglers wanting to escape the intensity of going coastal, there has been plenty of action closer to home. Steelhead success has been slow but steady in spite of this year’s low return, and the river has been uncrowded.
Meanwhile, trout fishing on the McKenzie has been excellent, especially on the cloudier days. With more cool wet weather in the forecast, and the fall insect hatches coming off daily, fishing should be awesome for the next month or so.
Summer has begun, and the trout are biting. We’ve been enjoying the typical panoply of June weather, with everything from full sunshine to thunderous cloudbursts.
Fishing has been excellent throughout the river. Wild redside rainbows are in the daily mix along with plenty of breadsides rounding out the action.
On any day, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is a pretty awesome place to be.
Meanwhile over on the sister river, steelhead numbers are steadily increasing. Fish are being landed here and there, and it looks like we will have contestable conditions for the latter part of the summer and into the fall. An encouraging prospect after last year’s dismal return. Stay tuned. The swing is on. . .
It’s Springtime on the McKenzie, and the fish are jumping! The Green Caddis are out, and trout are showing their excitement by leaping clear out of the heavy riffles to attack these bouncing bugs. The first significant annual big-bug hatch makes for some of our favorite fishing of the year!
It’s also the perfect time to bust out the Tenkara Rods, as these big active bugs are best danced on the heavy riffle water near the boat. A recent pure Tenkara outing with Fred and John was an excellent case in point.
Trout are on the bite! See you out there!
Happy 2018 from the Dudes! It’s time to look ahead to all the great fishing coming up in the early part of the new year. Front and center in our thoughts (and conveniently located in the backyard!) is the venerable McKenzie River. While the masses try to beat their buddies to launch in the dark and rain for winter steelhead, it’s nice to remember that there’s some very good wild trout fishing around here in late winter and early Spring.
Once again, we’re offering our
Spring Special McKenzie River Half-Day Rate: $350 for a 4-hour tour.
*Trips are timed to be on the river at the best time of day.
*Limited to 1-2 anglers per boat.
*All flies, fishing gear, drinks, and water provided. BYO lunch.
*The McKenzie River Spring Special Half-Day Rate is good between January 1 and April 20, 2018.
*Full-day trips with lunch are available at the standard rate during the Spring Special Season.
If you’ve been feeling the need to flex some graphite, early season trout are on the bite!
The 2017 Fall Season has been notable for an unusually paltry summer steelhead return to the upper Valley. On local steelhead trips lately, the weather, water, and coverage has been excellent. But the results, alas, have not.
Over on the Deschutes, fishing has been better, although not particularly hot. A recent multi-day outing produced a handful of steelhead hookups along with some great trout action.
Back home on the west side of the Cascades, our attention has been focussing more and more to the coast and the chance to tangle with the King of all Oregon Gamefish: the Fall Chinook. When the tides have aligned with decent weather and stable river levels, the Kings have been on the bite. It’s a good feeling to head into the winter with some slabs in storage. Now that the rains are in, the deck of opportunities shuffles. See you on the drop!