Salmon

McKenzie Steelhead & Salmon can really get the Adreniline Flowing

McKenzie Steelhead & Salmon can really get the Adreniline Flowing

Julie put on quite a fishing clinic for Cecil & myself on Thursday's McKenzie drift. She was very busy hooking Steelhead, landing Steelhead, losing Steelhead, getting bait bites, etc... For her Grand Finale, she landed her first "back-bounced" salmon! Cecil and I could only look on with pride as she mastered yet another technique.......I fear we may have created a monster.

Doug & Jay had Quite a Day

Doug & Jay had Quite a Day

Doug & Jay were pretty happy to say the least on their McKenzie Drift on Wednesday. The weather was perfect and the fishing even better as ths boys went 5 for 7 on Steelhead and Spring Chinook.

Spring Chinook and Summer Steelhead now Showing on the McKenzie River

While the wild Spring Chinook run remains viable on the McKenzie River, recent misguided efforts to reduce and/or eliminate hatchery augmentation of the Springer run may eventually threaten the local harvest of Spring Chinook. To date, no objective evidence has been presented that proves that the McKenzie hatchery-reared salmon actually threaten the wild run. Certainly human impacts, dams, roads, culverts, etc all negatively influence habitat and the natural processes. Hatchery salmon however, increase the total number of fish in a system that for all practical purposes, has been permanetly altered by humans and now supports but a mere fraction of the total historic fish population. Humans and other life have benefitted from this incredible food source for eons.

Elk & Sixes Rivers Continue to Produce after each New Splash of Rain

Elk & Sixes Rivers Continue to Produce after each New Splash of Rain

Wes was all smiles with his shiny Elk River catch!