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Betty Opened up a Big Can of Mojo in Pursuit of Elk River Kings

At the start of the trip, Betty wasn't 100% sure about the whole fishing thing.  However, after landing a nice Elk River hatchery hen, she was definitely sold on the whole gig.  She did a nice job handling the feisty Elk Chinook.  Michael was certainly tickled to share in Betty's joy.

Kathy was pretty excited with her early morning Elk River catch

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Though a fly fishing addict at heart, Kathy acquiesced to running a plug, and was rewarded handsomely!  As the fish ripped off 150 feet of line in no time, I think she sensed some panic in my demeanor.  It was definitely a tug of war, but Kathy definitely settled down and patiently worked and worked and worked the King back to the gravel bar & boat and ultimately to the net.  I know she considered handing the rod off several times during the battle, but Tom & I encouraged her to continue and we were all glad she did.  These [...]

Elk-Sixes Fishing in Full Swing

The Elk and Sixes River Salmon Fishing is currently in Full Swing.  This is a weather-driven fishery so timing can be very important.  With each rain, new fish come in on the tides providing new action to anxious fishermen.  This late run of Fall-Winter Chinook can last all the way through December.  Each year, chrome bright tackle-testing, fat Hawgs in the 30-40 lb range become part of the catch to fortunate anglers.  As a guide, I am equally fortunate to be head-quartered this time of year in the town of Port Orford, only a mile from the two rivers, the [...]

McKenzie River Trout Fly Fishing

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Tuesday's upper McKenzie River Trout Fly Fishing drift boat trip certainly proved fun & fruitful and certainly substantiated that McKenzie River trout fly action remains excellent and in fact fast & furious.  As we pulled into the very first riffle just to demonstrate a new fly technique and the corresponding fly set-up, it was "Fish On!" instantly.  As the day progressed, action would continue to heat up and just get better and better.  My guests "Chill" Wills and his buddy Ricky were a total hoot constantly ribbing on one another as they had me in stitches the entire day.     While [...]

Everyone had a fantastic time on our recent McKenzie River Trout trip

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Enjoy the following photos & comments from a recent McKenzie River Trout Trip.  Kind words from our guests:  John, Thanks for the pictures. Everyone had a fantastic time. I appreciate you putting this trip together for us. Hope it's cooler out there now! Take care, Mike  Michael Pope  (Note:  This was a fun company sponsored group trip fishing for McKenzie River Trout.  Run in early August, 2017, the trip involved 9 guided boats, 18 guests, and a shore Fish Fry.  The fishing was surprisingly good in spite of record temperatures and truly a great time was had by all.   Group [...]

The Damsel Flies – A Women’s Fly Fishing Group in Eugene Oregon – Enjoys a Day on the McKenzie River

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I had the pleasure of being among the 5 guides selected to participate in the Lady Damsels annual McKenzie fly fishing adventure on the Upper McKenzie River in mid July.  It's always such a blast to enjoy a day of great trout fishing on the very scenic upper McKenzie River.  The weather was superb, fishing was great, food was fantastic  and camaraderie (as always) the best.  If memory serves, my guests hooked 4 or 5 fish right out of the shoot on the very first run we hit.  What a start!  Indeed there were plenty more to come.  At lunchtime, [...]

Middle Fork Willamette River & McKenzie River still Producing Late-Arriving Spring Chinook

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Wes Connected with Numerous Late-Run Spring Chinook Over the past 10 days we have had great luck finding some quality Spring Chinook, mostly of  hatchery origin.  To our delight, all the fish retained had nice orange meat.  Back-bouncing baits, running baits behind divers, and even plugs all produced strikes.  Wes spent 2 days of his vacation successfully chasing after big fish and then also did a day of fly fishing for Rainbow Trout on the very scenic upper McKenzie River with his son Wes Jr. and grandson Taylor also joining in on the fun.  It was great to watch all three [...]

We Enjoyed a Very Scenic Upper McKenzie River Trout Fishing Float

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Tim & Connie were down visiting from Port Angeles, Washington on Monday and enjoyed a long and scenic upper McKenzie River trout fishing float. Though hardly fly fishing experts, with attention and determination both landed plenty of scrappy McKenzie Rainbows, all on flies. We used both wet and dry flies and found success on both. We covered almost 11 river miles and found cooperative fish throughout the riffles, runs and pools separated by occasional larger rapids that occurred in areas of higher gradient and which characterize the upper river.  The McKenzie River Drift Boat actually evolved on the McKenzie  River. [...]

Gorgeous Scenery & Good Trout Fishing on the Upper McKenzie River

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Fishing Reunion This past Thursday & Friday I had the opportunity and privilege of coordinating a mini fishing reunion  on the McKenzie River for a group of former freshmen dorm mates dating back forty some odd years since college.  What a fun group!  It was so interesting to marvel at the incredibly diverse paths taken by each person leading to their current career.  Included was a surgeon, a commercial real estate executive, numerous engineers, and a corporate financial planner. Lunch near Eagle Rock  On Day One, we tried for salmon on the lower river which proved a tough nut to [...]

McKenzie River Salmon Continue to Provide Good Sport

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Spring Chinook are Challenging for Sure (Yet Well Worth the Effort) Garry, my guest last Wednesday, was quite happy to hook into several challenging McKenzie River Salmon during our 5 mile long drift.  Though the first fish that was hooked on a diver and bait set-up, unfortunately shook the hook, the next 2 fish hooked were not quite so fortunate.  Not one to just throw in the towel, Garry got right back in the saddle and found several deep holes and back-bounced his way into 2 more Springers, perhaps destined for a 4th of July barbecue.  Spring Chinook Salmon is regarded [...]