McKenzie River

River Levels

GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS

N/A

7 30 year
6 am
3.07/114
53.2
7 am
1.61/141 ⇑
4 am
4.35/421 ↑
48.7
5 am
1.66/527
52.2
7 30 year
6 am
1.82/3090 ⇑
48.6
5 am
4.74/2320 ⇑
7 30 year
5 am
1.89/1840 ⇑
7 30 year
6 am
53.58/3130
7 30 year
6 am
7.95/3230 ↑
7 30 year

 

Recent Reports

09/12:

Bryson at The Caddis Fly Angling Shop says trout fishing has been good. It should improve in the lower river (below Hendricks) as the temperatures cool down.

08/25:

The upper McKenzie has been good, says The Caddis Fly Angling Shop. There have been hatches of mahogany duns and caddis (size 14-16, tan).

 

Major Hatches for September

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

Spinner

Size 16-20 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Dark body

runs, slowish riffles: surface swing

► Hatch intensity will increase as the month progresses.

Adult

Size 6-8 Stimulator, Madam X. Body: light orange; Wing: tan

Bankwater near foilage: standard dry fly

► Adults will appear later this month, but pupa patterns can be productive prior to the arrival of the adults.

Pupa

Size 16-18 , Deep Sparkle Pupa, Soft Hackle. Body: tan, green

Riffles, fast runs; just below these: indicator, tight line, shallow nymph

Adult

Bankwater near foilage: standard dry fly

Egg-layer

Size 16-18 Soft Hackle, Diving Caddis. Body: tan, olive-brown; Wing: dark brown, black

Riffles, seams, backeddies below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph, rising nymph

► Take along some gray-bodied Soft Hackles in sizes 16 and 18. These can be excellent producers during afternoon caddis hatches.

Pupa

Size 12-18 Soft Hackle, , Deep Sparkle Pupa. Body: tan, green; Shroud: tan

Riffles, runs, just below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph

Adult

Size 12-18 Goddard Caddis, X Caddis, Parachute Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis. Body: brown, green, dark gray; Wing: tan, brown

Egg-layer

Size 12-18 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Body: brown; Wing: black

Riffles, current seams, backeddies below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph, rising nymph

► Hatches will improve as the month progresses.

Pupa

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

Adult

Size 10-22 Griffiths Gnat, Sprout Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

► Be prepared for midge hatches at dusk.

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

Adult

Size 4-10 Madam X, Daves Hopper, Morrish Hopper. Tan/yellow, olive/yellow, green

Bankwater with grass: standard dry fly

 

September Tips

Trout


► Early September can be tough because we are in between hatches and trout are not eager to chase down sporadic bugs. Later in the month, however, fishing should improve.

► The McKenzie sometimes has a strong run of spring salmon, and they should start spawning late in September. That will create a fishing opportunity for fly anglers. Don't target the salmon, though. Cast your fly for the trout and steelhead that gather behind spawners and take spilled eggs that drift in the current.

► Early in the month, try some attractor patterns such as Royal Wulffs, Purple Hazes, and Parachute Adams in size 14-16.

 

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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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