Salmon

A few Late-Season Stragglers remain in the McKenzie River

A few Late-Season Stragglers remain in the McKenzie River

Guest Dougie B. was looking for a final late season float down the McKenzie. Despite the heat wave and an August date, I agreed to an early morning drift. Doug was overjoyed to land 2 salmon, a hatchery and a native, both in great condition for the late date, and a nice Summer-Run Steelie to finish off his "Hat Trick." A fine finish to his season!

The 2012 Willamette System Spring Chinook Season Fades into History

The 2012 Willamette System Spring Chinook Season Fades into History

Howy's Expression of Triumpf & Conquest appropriately sums up the 2012 McKenzie Springer Season. Fishermen and guides alike agreed that despite a very liberal forecast by ODFW biologists for a bumper run, the actual number of returning adult salmon never came even close to the prediction. Fishermen had to work very, very hard this season to catch even half the number of fish we are accustomed to. While fish numbers seemed markedly below expectations on the MF Willamette & McKenzie Rivers, the South Santiam seemed to fare a bit better this year according to Sweet Home locals who fish the South Fork regularly.

Wes & Wes Team Up on some Serious Springer Action

Wes & Wes  Team Up on some Serious Springer Action

Unlike last year, Wes Jr. stepped up to the plate in 2012 and put on a serious Back-Bouncing Clinic for his Dad's enjoyment.

Frank & The Boys from Colorado get a Taste of Chinook Fishing in Oregon

Frank & The Boys from Colorado get a Taste of Chinook Fishing in Oregon

Even Rocky Mountain Fly Fishermen can catch West Coast Salmon

Our Spring Chinook - Summer Steelhead season is in Full Swing now on Oregon's Majestic McKenzie River

Our Spring Chinook - Summer Steelhead season is in Full Swing now on Oregon's Majestic McKenzie River

Cecil & Julie brought some hot "Mojo" along on their McKenzie fishing trip on Wednesday. They really had a blast, and let me tell you, when Julie hooks a fish, pretty much everyone for half a mile knows it. Great fun! They ended up taking home 3 big Springers and a chromer Steelhead to boot. Not too shabby for folks looking for pleasant float, where hooking a salmon would be just a bonus. That kind of good attitude seems to just bring success.

Big Steelhead & Salmon Run predicted for 2012 McKenzie River

Big Steelhead & Salmon Run predicted for 2012 McKenzie River

My guest on Sunday got into some great trout action as he toyed with numerous scrappers in the 10"-16" range while also landing about 7 fatties in the 2-3 lb club. Spinners, spoons and Russel's "secret lure" all proved productive. A nearby fly fishermen also saw some action once the water warmed up. As the lakes's temperature rose, the bite just got better and better.