McKenzie River

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS

N/A 7 30 year
Blue River
Blue River
9 pm 3.18/134 46.2 7 30 year
forecast
Mohawk
Springfield
10 pm 1.51/137 7 30 year
forecast
S Fk McKenzie
abv Cougar Lk
9 pm 4.41/441 53.2 7 30 year
forecast
S. Fk. McKenzie
nr Rainbow
8 pm 1.54/393 52.0 7 30 year
McKenzie
blw Clear Lk
9 pm 2.78/547 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
blw Trail Br Dam
9 pm 6.77/994 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
Vida
9 pm 1.79/3030 55.0 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
Leaburg
8 pm 3.71/1060 7 30 year
McKenzie
Walterville
8 pm 3.08/3220 7 30 year
McKenzie
abv Hayden Br
9 pm 53.59/3150 7 30 year
McKenzie
Coburg
9 pm 7.95/3150 7 30 year

 

What to Expect in June

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

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

 

You can expect the McKenzie to be in good shape for most of June, but remember that a storm or hot weather can always raise the river. So watch the levels carefully; steady, high water is okay if it is not muddy, but big spikes will slow the fishing until the river is steady for a few days.

The McKenzie green caddis (genus Arctopsyche) should still be around in early June. Trout get so focused on that bug that they will ignore other hatches, no matter how massive they are.

After the big McKenzie caddis are gone, trout may still take imitations out of habit. But once they get their little pea-sized minds wrapped around the notion that the big bugs are gone, they'll turn to other bugs. The major hatches this month are caddis in size 14-16, pale morning duns , and yellow sallies . Soft Hackles are always a good choice here, as they are in any caddis-rich river. You may find some green drakes in the upper reaches. Golden stoneflies are present at this time of year, too.

By mid-June the McKenzie is into the "small insect" time of year in the lower river (below Blue River. By that time of year, there are a few green drakes and green caddis left, but most of them are gone. Size 12-18 caddis and size 18 pale morning duns are the name of the game at this time. Trout have been surface oriented for several months; since they're looking up, give them surface and near-surface patterns, such as dry flies and Soft Hackles , respectively. Present the latter with a surface swing.

Some steelhead should be in the river below Leaburg Dam. When the river is high, indicator tactics work best. As the river drops, traditional tactics will work better.

For more information on June 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

Home-Waters 541-342-6691