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McKenzie River Trout & Salmon Fishing Now in Full Swing

McKenzie River Trout & Salmon Fishing Now in Full Swing

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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 provides ample opportunity to identify interesting fish-holding seams and buckets that challenge even proficient fly casters.  There is water to be had that beckons every level of fly fishers.



A Variety of Fly Set-ups Produced Well

We experimented with double dries and a wet-dry combo. The guys were tickled to land numerous doubles on a single rod as depicted in the photo to the right. Jeff’s friend David will happily testify that you need no previous fly fishing experience to enjoy great success with our incredible McKenzie River Trout Fishery!  Not only did David land his first fish ever caught on a fly, but by day’s end had landed many more, all on flies, including a double-header or two.  We are happy to provide some basic fly casting instruction for folks looking for an introduction to fly fishing.  Because we can put the drift boat right above the good fish-holding water, long distance casts are not at all necessary.  Instead we can focus on getting a good presentation in the correct spots to insure success.  We try to keep it fun and simple.  There really is no need to make things overly complicated with double hauls and fancy mending techniques as that stuff can come later.  Instead we want novices to become comfortable with the equipment and to master only the very basics including stripping, refloats, etc…  It is always so gratifying to see our guests actively employing the fundamentals while catching fish!


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