Wishing You All a Very Happy & Peaceful New Year in 2018! We finished off the 2017 Chinook Season down on Elk - Sixes with some beautiful bright Hawgs. Already looking forward to next season. ODFW is forecasting a better 2018 Springer Season on the Willamette System so we eagerly await better Spring Chinook numbers for our up-coming McKenzie Season. The fish often show in catchable numbers by late May.......Fingers Crossed!
Saying Goodbye to our 2017 McKenzie River Salmon Season. Our final September salmon journey down the McKenzie this past week proved fun and surprisingly productive. We actually brought 3 hatchery salmon to the net on Thursday, September 7, including a double header on a last minute half-day effort. When I got the call, I was initially pretty skeptical about our prospects given the late date and the fact that I had pretty much already packed it in for our McKenzie River Spring-Summer Chinook Season. I guess since I was available and I had noticed a forecast for possible showers, I [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
McKenzie River Trout & Salmon Fishing Improving daily! Jeff & his friend David enjoyed some excellent fly action resulting in 50+ fish to the boat, not to mention, some spectacular scenery during their McKenzie River trout fishing adventure last Saturday. In the left photo Jeff is playing a feisty McKenzie River Rainbow Trout in direct view of famed monolith "Eagle Rock" as his backdrop. The upper McKenzie includes some rapids with pocket water and stair steps. It has quite a bit more gradient than the lower river below Leaburg Dam. The pool and drop character of the upper river [...]
My guest on Friday came up with a beautiful McKenzie Spring Chinook on a relaxing half-day effort. It was a great battle right out of the chute...... as the fish had no intention of cooperating. Succulent seared Springer on the barbie is hard to beat!