McKenzie River

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS

N/A 7 30 year
Blue River
Blue River
1 am 6.27/1700 ⇑ 44.2 7 30 year
forecast
Mohawk
Springfield
2 am 5.97/1430 ↓ 7 30 year
forecast
S Fk McKenzie
abv Cougar Lk
1 am 6.74/1630 ↓ 42.8 7 30 year
forecast
S. Fk. McKenzie
nr Rainbow
1 am 3.17/2020 ⇑ 45.9 7 30 year
McKenzie
blw Clear Lk
1 am 4.05/1020 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
blw Trail Br Dam
1 am 7.76/2000 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
Vida
1 am 4.41/9530 44.6 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
Leaburg
0 am 7.90/8330 ↓ 7 30 year
McKenzie
Walterville
0 am 6.19/8870 7 30 year
McKenzie
abv Hayden Br
1 am 56.16/11100 7 30 year
McKenzie
Coburg
1 am 11.96/12100 7 30 year

 

What to Expect in April

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

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

 

In the first half of the month, be prepared for March browns with size 10-12 brown Comparaduns or CDC Cripples . Don't limit your fishing just to the hatch time. Beginning a couple of hours before a March brown hatch, you can pick up trout on a nymph pattern; a size 12 Pheasant Tail or dark brown Hares Ear will work well. A good strategy is to fish the nymph on a 12"-18" trailing leader that is attached to the hook bend of a dry fly. Trout could pick up either fly. Anglers using Soft Hackles sometimes do better than those using dries.

Days without March browns often have egg-laying caddis in size 16. Watch, too, for hatches of other mayflies of size 18 and size 14-16; the latter is locally called a "pink lady" for its color, but it doesn't appear to be a pink albert mayfly. And if all else fails, toss a size 14 or 16 Parachute Adams . I've been here when the March brown hatch was anemic and there were no surface or subsurface rises at all, but a size-14 Parachute Adams was a killer.

The moral: be prepared for more than March browns AND always have a few Adams in your fly box.

On the McKenzie, we should see the arrival of the first summer steelhead later this month.

You'll need a boat because private property lines the river banks.

The Willamette just below its confluence with the McKenzie can well this month. You can put in at Armitage Park (next to I-5 on the McKenzie) and float to Hays (12 miles) or put in at Hays and float to Harrisburg (7 miles). Hatches and tactics are similar to those on the McKenzie.

For more information on April 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