Siuslaw Silvers on the Bite!

Siuslaw Silvers on the Bite!

For several weeks now the Siuslaw River has been dishing out some consistent Silver Salmon action. While trolling herring down in the Bay near Florence has been the "go to" method, some folks have found some very cooperative Coho on spinners, trolled or pitched. Impending rain may soon move the fish, but hopefully a new batch will shoot in from the Pacific as river levels from the current freshet recede.

Fall Salmon Fishing is in Full Swing on Oregon's Coastal Rivers

Fall Salmon Fishing is in Full Swing on Oregon's Coastal Rivers

It's that time of year when Fall Chinook and Coho are on the docket up and down the Oregon Coast. As the salmon stage in the estuaries in preparation for their upriver migration, it's often a trolling game. As rain arrives and river levels climb dramatically, focus often changes to the free flowing waters well upriver of the tidal influence. Suddenly the drift boat becomes the craft of choice as fishermen row their way from salmon hole to salmon hole. As fish sense proximity to their natal spawning grounds, the bite can be ferocious with unnerving urgency and focused intent.

Lots of choices when it comes to Fall Fishing

Lots of choices when it comes to Fall Fishing

Last week I had the priviledge of introducing a couple guys from out-of-town to the McKenzie River. They were looking for a couple days of mostly fly fishing and got to see quite a bit of river as we did about 10 miles each day. Day 1 we fished the upper river and gave the guys a few good rides through some white water with a chance to enjoy the scenic majesty along the river.

Steelhead fishing success often comes down to a combination of skill & good fortune.

Steelhead fishing success often comes down to a combination of skill & good fortune.

A mix of luck and skill may have combined to produce a nice pair of McKenzie River Summer Run Steelhead for Frank and Tina on day 2 of their McKenzie Valley visit to enjoy our local waters. F & T are old friends from decades ago (college), so it was fun to share old memories and get the update on recent events as both their sons got married this summer.

Early Fall Fishing on the McKenzie River

Early Fall Fishing on the McKenzie River

My good old friends Frank & Tina out visiting from Colorado booked a coulple days of fun fishing on the McKenzie just after Labor Day. Temperatures cooled down just a little bit from the persistent summer heat that has prevailed and raft & boat numbers diminished enough to provide an atmosphere of relative solitude, all which made for really pleasant floats.

The Middle Fork Willamette River & the McKenzie Continue to produce Quality Summer Steelhead

The Middle Fork Willamette River & the McKenzie Continue to produce Quality Summer Steelhead

With stealth and patience we are still able to find a few cooperative fish in spite of the hot weather and low & clear water. Mornings and evenings are best on these hot days. On my Wednesday evening trip I had a gentleman who had never touched a fly rod before. After going through the basics he was swinging a purple leach through a rather fishy-looking stretch. As luck would have it, the take from the steelhead was savage and quick. Poor Rich really never knew what hit him before the fish had busted the 10 lb flouro and escaped with a purple souvenir. Jamie & Curtis however, had a tad more luck teaming up on a large McKenzie Chromer.