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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
Julia won an epic battle against this huge hatchery origin King Salmon taken in December on the pristine Elk River near Port Orford Oregon.
After cancelling his Elk-Sixes Salmon trip for several years running due to poor river conditions, Mark was all smiles with his December 2016 morning effort.
Thanks to recent storms, the Elk and Sixes Rivers are running high and muddy today. Due to the popularity of these two gorgeous south coast streams, fishing in late November proved a tad tougher than earlier in the season as fishing and boat pressure has increased dramatically. None the less, persistence and a tap from Lady Luck's wand, continues to create special moments and lasting memories from this season's Elk-Sixes fishing.