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 [...]
Bert & Bret went 2 for 3 on late-arriving Salmon during their McKenzie River drift last Saturday.
The McKenzie River continues to produce some nice Spring Chinook Salmon for folks with a little patience and diligence. During yesterday's drift, we landed 3 nice hatchery springers that will make for great 4th of July barbequing....and then some. It's hard to beat buttery & succulent Spring Chinook fresh off the BBQ. Meanwhile, reports of great Steelhead fishing over on the Middle Fork Willamette right in Eugene and up above are beginning to filter in.
Doug & Jay were pretty happy to say the least on their McKenzie Drift on Wednesday. The weather was perfect and the fishing even better as ths boys went 5 for 7 on Steelhead and Spring Chinook.
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 [...]
Good Friend & Guest J-LO was all smiles as he got into several Steelhead and a big Springer on our drift yesterday
Roaring Fork Guide Service - Newsletter Spring-Summer 2014 Dear Friends, Anglers and Recreationists Yes it’s that time of year again when thoughts change to shorts, barbeques, and outdoor fun. As a river/fishing guide, this is my busiest time of year and also a special time of year when I get to focus my efforts on my home river, the McKenzie. Though I do run trips elsewhere locally on the Middle Fork Willamette, South Santiam and Umpqua, certainly the McKenzie gets preferential treatment since it flows just past my backyard. These rivers all provide ample opportunity to tie into a [...]
Julie & Cecil Moore had quite a day on the McKenzie River Chasing after Spring Chinook Salmonon Tuesday June 25th. Landing 3 Springers was enough of a diversion in order to tollerate a rediculous summer downpour. It truly felt like over 2 inches of rain fell during the trip as many buckets of water were bailed in order to lighten the rowing load. At times the rain slammed down so hard you had to drop your head or close your eyes. Still, the rain definitely pulled in new fish and put them in a cooperative spirit. Most of our action [...]
Julie put on quite a fishing clinic for Cecil & myself on Thursday's McKenzie drift. She was very busy hooking Steelhead, landing Steelhead, losing Steelhead, getting bait bites, etc... For her Grand Finale, she landed her first "back-bounced" salmon! Cecil and I could only look on with pride as she mastered yet another technique.......I fear we may have created a monster.
Friend Russ Matthews with a healthy, hard-fighting "Springer" he landed on our trip this past thursday. With 16,000 plus Spring Chinook and 5,500 plus Summer Steelhead now past the Willamette Falls Counting Station, we can expect more new arrivals daily through June, July and beyond. These fish will provide some fun local summer sport as we have 3 different major tributaries to the Main Willamette River in close driving distance to the the Eugene-Springfield area of the southern Willamettte Valley. The McKenzie River, the South Santiam and the Middle Fork Willamette all sport runs of Summer Steelhead & Spring [...]