McKenzie River

River Levels

GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS

N/A

7 30 year
6 am
5.35/1010
42.4
7 am
3.35/597 ⇓
6 am
5.11/711 ↑
43.2
3 am
2.58/1330
44.1
7 30 year
6 am
2.99/5490
43.5
5 am
5.65/3770
7 30 year
5 am
3.71/4120
7 30 year
6 am
54.81/6230
7 30 year
6 am
9.77/6870
7 30 year

 

Recent Reports

11/02:

Fishing remains decent for anglers plying the McKenzie from Hendricks on down, says Lou at The Caddis Fly Angling Shop. Nymphing works best. Team a large fly, such as a big black salmonfly nymph (Rubber Legs, Kaufmanns Stonefly, etc.) with a size 14 fly such as black Copper John. Anglers have also done well above Leaburg when they concentrate on the soft water along the edges.

 

Major Hatches for November

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Nymph

Size 16-20 Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear. Brown, brown-olive

Moderate runs, just below riffles: indicator, tight line, rising nymph

Emerger

Size 16-20 Sprout Midge, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Dun

Size 16-20 Sparkle Dun, Comparadun, Hairwing Dun. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

► Emergers, duns, and spinners tend to collect in backeddies and slow margins, and trout often just wait there for them to arrive.

► Cloudy days will be best for the blue-winged olive hatches.

► Nymphing can hold up through November, river levels permitting.

► Nymphs can be productive before, during, and after a blue-wing hatch, and even when there is no hatch that day. The key is to make sure your imitation is drifting near the bottom. To achieve that goal, you may want to team your nymph with a heavy fly such as a Kaufmanns Stonefly or beadhead Prince. You might want to look at Jeff Morgan's article on Tiny Flies for thoughts on these small nymphs.

► Cloudy, drippy weather stimulates the blue-winged olives. If it's sunny, look for them in areas where shadows fall on the water.

Pupa

Size 10-22 Chans Chironomid Pupa, Zebra Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

► When trout are midging, a Sprout Midge or Griffiths Gnat can work well, but a pupa pattern is always a good choice.

► Trout can be very picky about size and color of the pupa. You may need to swap flies several times to find the right combination. You can speed up this process by fishing two pupa at once and noting which one the trout show more interest in.

 

November Tips

Trout


► Between Armitage and Hendricks Bridge, trout fishing should hold up until the first hard freeze or first string of heavy rain storms. Then it will become "difficult" until spring season.

► Early in the month you may find some remnant mahogany duns, small caddis, and even a few flavs.

 

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Other Rivers or Lakes

 

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Other Info Sources

The Caddis Fly Angling Shop 541-342-7005

 

The Fly Fisher's Place 541-549-3474

Home-Waters 541-342-6691

 

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