Fred & Rider scored big on Upper McKenzie Trout on Friday. Fred's concern that the full moon would kill the bite proved unwarranted. Instead the guys took top spot on our McKenzie trout tips of 2016 as they landed over 50 fish! Definitely one for the books.
Amy was all smiles after deftly landing a surprise Summer Steehead while trout fishing the Upper McKenzie River.
We have begun our coastal salmon trips for Fall 2016. Trolling the Bays and the lower reaches of our coastal river is often the ticket to finding beautiful big fresh Chrome. This fortunate guest was blessed with a Chunky Siuslaw Toad on Tuesday's trip. Meanwhile, we continue to enjoy consistent success on our McKenzie River drift boat trips chasing down scrappy rainbows. Even novice fly fishers are doing well on the aggressive Rainbow Trout
The gorgeous Upper McKenzie River distinguishes itself from the lower reaches as faster, shallower, and with more gradient. Boaters need to pay closer attention while plying the waters and fishermen need greater accuracy, especially when picking apart the tiny pockets located within a rapid and the micro flats or steps that comprise a given gradient. With a little direction from his guide, Bosey did a great job of locating the miniscule fish-holding buckets, often no larger than a standard bathtub, as he deftly worked his flies down through swift and choppy gradients. More often than not, the fly caster [...]
Day 2 of Bo's McKenzie adventure involved a long run on the Lower River. Casting different combinations of a dry with a dropper nymph, the Boser put on quite a trout clinic as the fish took both wet and dries. While Bo landed at least 17 fish, we won't mention how many how many others got away.....
We ran 3 very fun & productive trips this past week with Bosey G. The excitement started with an impromptu afternoon-evening drift mostly swinging flies for steelhead in the chop and tail-outs. We ended up with a surprise late season salmon in the very last tailout. What a great fight it gave us on steelhead gear! Given the late calendar date, we were blown away by the wonderful condition of this hatchery "Springer" caught on August 27 and which cut a beautiful orange colored meat and barbequed up like a May 1st Spring Chinook. Yum, Yum! The following 2 [...]
We got a nice Steelhead & a Salmon in the morning and then switched gears for Rainbow Trout in the afternoon. 6 yr old Taylor put on a bit of a Trout Clinic in the afternoon showing all us old-timers just how it's done.
Robert K. found some fun action on late-arriving McKenzie River Spring Chinook
After shaking off the loss of a challenging summer steelhead which won the battle by shaking the hook at the last minute, Gary was very pleased to make good on his first back-bounced Willamette Springer.
Wes had an absolute blast and brought home not only a lot of stories & memories, but quite a few fillets as we went 12 for 14 over 3 days of salmon and steelhead fishing on his mid-July 2016 McKenzie River Vacation. Truth be told, we spent 1 afternoon with Wes's 6 year old grandson Taylor who put on a clinic of his own catching McKenzie Rainbows. No doubt Mom & his sisters got an earful once Taylor got home.