Mark & Jeff hold a couple beauties we hooked on our "high water drift" on Friday. One of the six hook-ups included a powerful beast that continued to run and hold in fast water. After a good half hour battle, we ultimately had to move down around a point to find water soft enough to bring it to net.
In addition to some excellent fly fishing for trout, we now have Spring Chinook Salmon & feisty Summer Steelhead all producing some fun summer fishing action on the McKenzie. This past week, Julie and her Dad celebrated a combination Birthday-Fathers Day with a salmon/steelhead combo trip. In addition to Julie's big steelhead, they landed several nice Springers as well. Suffice to say, their Father's Day BBQ was plentiful!
Gary was happy to land a feisty Summer Steelhead & a fresh Spring Chinook on Tuesday's trip down the McKenzie River. Action should continue to heat up in the weeks to come through June & July. On yesterday's trout trip we landed 21 Rainbows on about 35 takes on wets & dries. Great trout fishing should also continue through the summer.
In addition to our local salmon trips, as the summer progresses we have some really fun fishing alternatives for Bass and Trout. The trout trips offer a great opportunity for novice fly-fishers to gain the confidence that flies really do work! It is not uncommon for a first-timer to hook as many as 30 fish of which he or she might land 15-20. It's great fun!
With over 40,000 Springers in the Upper Willamette System, our local salmon fishing should peak through the month of June and hopefully endure beyond. A glimpse of what can happen when you bring a can of magic MOJO!
A Memorial Day Float produced some Spring Chinook action for us. We were pleasantly surprised with an unexpected lack of boats out on the holiday. It made for a very peaceful and scenic outing.
We are currently anxiously awaiting the arrival of our Spring Salmon & Summer Steelhead here on the gorgeuos McKenzie. These hard-fighting migratory fish have begun their migration from the ocean to their natal stream but usually begin to show locally here east of Eugene in May. The peak of the run normally tumbles in between June & July with the exact arrival time often a factor of water temperatures and river flow. Other local alternatives to the McKenize, including the Middle Fork Willamette and the South Santiam, sometimes coax the salmon and steelhead in a week or two earlier [...]
Doug was quite happy to land this large Spring Chinook salmon caught yesterday on his trip with RFGS. This hatchery fish tested both gear & skill and will provide an unmitigated delicacy for the barbeque. As he put it, "at the current cost of non-farmed salmon, the filets off this beast are worth several hundred dollars." Trout fishing on the McKenzie remains very productive and both salmon and steelhead are currently available on the Middle Fork Willamette and on the South Santiam as well. While the wild Spring Chinook run remains viable on the McKenzie River, recent misguided efforts [...]