McKenzie River

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS

N/A

7 30 year
9 pm
2.67/54
40.5
8 pm
4.53/953 ⇑
9 pm
1.35/346
39.9
7 30 year
8 pm
1.77/2940
41.7
6 pm
5.41/3370
7 30 year
6 pm
1.26/1270
7 30 year
8 pm
53.81/3750
7 30 year
8 pm
8.75/4850
7 30 year

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

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

Trout


► The Mohawk River can dump a lot of silt into the McKenzie. So fishing can be poor below the Mohawk, but okay above it. If you look at the river at Armitage Park and see chocolate milk flowing past you, don't automatically assume the entire McK is blown-out.

Midge hatches can bring trout to the surface.

► You might try egg flies in peach or apricot--the river's whitefish will be spawning this month and trout will grab drifting roe.

► Expect fishing to be best from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

► You might see some blue-winged olive hatches on cloudy days that are not frigid. Hatches are sporadic in January, but will improve near the end of the month. Nymphs will be drifting, however, and trout may be taking them.

► In the lower river--between Armitage and Hendricks Bridge--trout fishing can be "okay" unless there is a hard freeze or a string of heavy rain storms. Then it will become "difficult" at best.

► Fishing below Armitage can be good, also. At that point you're in the Willamette, not the McKenzie, but who's keeping track?? If you're working this stretch in late February, two good spots to look for trout are backeddies and along clay banks that absorb the sun and have 2-3 feet of water next to them.
Eugene

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