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.