McKenzie River

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS

N/A 7 30 year
Blue River
Blue River
9 pm 4.17/415 ↓ 45.3 7 30 year
forecast
Mohawk
Springfield
10 pm 2.47/363 7 30 year
forecast
S Fk McKenzie
abv Cougar Lk
9 pm 6.00/1160 ↓ 46.8 7 30 year
forecast
S. Fk. McKenzie
nr Rainbow
9 pm 3.12/1960 48.4 7 30 year
McKenzie
blw Clear Lk
9 pm 3.79/911 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
blw Trail Br Dam
9 pm 7.60/1820 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
Vida
9 pm 3.21/6120 49.1 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
Leaburg
8 pm 5.91/4200 7 30 year
McKenzie
Walterville
8 pm 3.65/4030 ↓ 7 30 year
McKenzie
abv Hayden Br
9 pm 54.90/6420 7 30 year
McKenzie
Coburg
9 pm 9.84/6800 7 30 year

 

What to Expect in May

HATCH NYM/
LAR
PUPA/
EMER
DUN/
ADLT
EGG-
LAY
Blue-winged olive
Green drake
Pale morning dun
March brown
Saddle-case caddis
Spotted caddis
Green caddis
McKenzie caddis
Golden stonefly
Salmonfly
Midge

Hatches divided by half-month.
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

 

The McKenzie will offer variable fishing this month, depending on river flows. Watch out for major spikes in the flows/levels; they indicate poor fishing conditions.

You'll find pale morning duns this month, and some green caddis. That latter hatch will start low and work its way up the river as the water warms. Caddis , especially the McKenzie caddis (genus Actopsyche, a cousin of the green caddis ), are a traditional May event on this river. The McKenzie caddis usually starts to hatch in mid-May; size 12-14 caddis patterns with a green or blue-green body can do well.

Early in May you might still encounter some March browns as well as size 16-18 egg-laying caddis.

Later in the month, green drakes will become important. The hatch is sparse, but those big duns are seldom ignored by trout when they're drifting down the river.

Golden stoneflies will also begin hatching near month's end, and you can do well with the nymphs most of the month.

Nymphing should be good all month, and you can do very well here if you tie on a Soft Hackle and present it with a wet-fly swing.

Some summer steelhead should soon be in the river. Both indicator tactics and traditional tactics can take fish here. It can be ugly between Leaburg and Leaburg Dam as gear anglers crowd shoulder to should in the pursuit of salmon and steelhead, but there are plenty of other places to fish for steelhead.

The smolt migration is still underway. It is tapering off some, and should be mostly done in a couple of weeks.

For more information on May fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report

What to expect in 

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Other Info Sources

The Caddis Fly Angling Shop 541-342-7005

 

The Fly Fisher's Place 541-549-3474

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