"redside" rainbow trout of
Willamette, and South Santiam Rivers are abundant and willing. All these
rivers have a less numerous, but healthy populations of cuttrhoat trout, too.
Our fly fishing guides are well acquainted with them.
The western Oregon fishing year begins in late February on the
McKenzie River, famous for its native "redside" rainbows. If the
water is warm enough, late February will see the beginning of the mid day
March Brown mayfly hatch. Rising fish will take an adult or cripple pattern
with consistency. When the fish are not rising, a well-presented deep nymph
will produce some of the year's largest trout from February through mid
For those seeking maximum variety, we can spend the
morning floating the lower McKenzie, and finish the trip angling the upper
Willamette River in the afternoon.
As the water continues to warm on the McKenzie into May
and early June, surface fishing with dry flies and soft hackle patterns
becomes more consistent. Another locally-famous aquatic insect --- the
large, green McKenzie Caddis --- will appear in May and linger into early
Late June through August the fishing focus switches to the
River. Native rainbows and cutthroat trout can be effectively caught
throughout the day on all flyfishing methods. For a flyfisher new
to the sport, this is a great introduction. The Santiam fish are
"eager biters". The fishing action can be constant. A beginner
quickly learns the necessary basics of fly casting, presentation, hooking
and landing the trout. The abundant and willing fish serve as good
teachers. Our top recommendation for a mid summer "fish fest".
Because all of the trout are native, they will be gently released back into
the river to fight another day.
Key Benefits of fishing with one of our
Oregon trout fly fishing guides
- We'll show you the flies and a variety of fly fishing methods to catch
trout. We will help fine-tune your skills. Subtle details can
immensely boost your angling success. Many of our clients are
particularly interested in learning the mysteries of effective NYMPH
- No skills or fly fishing experience?
We'll teach beginners
how to be successful as you fish and learn throughout your guided fishing
day. Our Oregon trout fishing guides specialize in instructing
beginners in the effective basics of fly casting and all fly fishing
- If you wish, we provide proven, balanced fly fishing equipment for you
to use to enhance your learning and effectiveness. (However, the
angler is responsible for flies, tippet and fishing license.)
Contact us about a
guided trout fishing trip.
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