McKenzie River

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS

N/A 7 30 year
Blue River
Blue River
0 am 2.66/54 46.8 7 30 year
forecast
Mohawk
Springfield
1 am 1.02/46 7 30 year
forecast
S Fk McKenzie
abv Cougar Lk
11 pm 3.84/271 54.0 7 30 year
forecast
S. Fk. McKenzie
nr Rainbow
11 pm 1.52/381 58.6 7 30 year
McKenzie
blw Clear Lk
0 am 2.25/387 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
blw Trail Br Dam
0 am 6.65/895 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
Vida
0 am 1.41/2360 56.8 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
Leaburg
0 am 3.84/1180 7 30 year
McKenzie
Walterville
0 am 1.10/1150 7 30 year
McKenzie
abv Hayden Br
0 am 53.17/2350 7 30 year
McKenzie
Coburg
0 am 7.30/2250 7 30 year

 

What to Expect in July

HATCH NYM/
LAR
PUPA/
EMER
DUN/
ADLT
EGG-
LAY
Pale morning dun
Yellow quill
Saddle-case caddis
Spotted caddis
Green caddis
Golden stonefly
Yellow sally
Salmonfly
Midge

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

 

There should still be some green drakes in the upper river--not many, but those that pop up are quickly consumed by trout. A few golden stoneflies should be available, too. Both those bugs are on their way out, though. The McKenzie caddis hatch has tapered off on this river.

Hatches of midges, little yellow stoneflies, caddis, and a few pale morning duns and blue-winged olives will be present this month. Fishing will be best at the end of the day--so don't quit too soon! As you get near the Willamette confluence, you will find more quiet water where midges gather and trout may seek them. Try a Griffiths Gnat or similar fly at dusk.

In general, though, the best July trout fishing should be in the upper river, above Blue River. The higher up you go, the better the daytime fishing. Expect to find trout receptive to large attractors as well as well as the imitations mentioned above.

This is a caddis-rich river, and that means Soft Hackles are always good choices. Present your fly with a surface swing. If the caddis start hatching (or laying eggs) and the trout are looking up, bring Elk Hair Caddis and similar dry flies. The caddis species are diverse, so you'll find everything from size 12 to size 20 on the water. You can't go to far wrong, however, if you bring size 14 tan and size 16-18 brown or olive patterns.

Steelhead are still arriving, but with the advent of bright, sunny days they will be harder to catch. Focus your efforts during the early morning and late evening. Indicator tactics will probably prove the most productive.

For more information on July 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