Summer Steelhead

McKenzie River - Fantastic Scenery - Fabulous Water - Wonderful Fishing - Great Memories

McKenzie River - Fantastic Scenery - Fabulous Water - Wonderful Fishing - Great Memories

RT enjoyed a magical 2 days on the McKenzie River in late September. We did several different runs on the upper river targeting trout on the fly. Ron did an exceptional job of placing the flies right where fish live and the fish were indeed quite responsive. Both days he landed a bunch of scrappy trout, both wild and of hatchery origin. We used a combination of dries and nymphs with the wets working better in the morning and with the dries proving more productive in the afternoon.

Upper McKenzie Surprise Summer Steelhead

Upper McKenzie Surprise Summer Steelhead

Amy was all smiles after deftly landing a surprise Summer Steehead while trout fishing the Upper McKenzie River.

McKenzie River Fun

McKenzie River Fun

We ran 3 very fun & productive trips this past week with Bosey G. The excitement started with an impromptu afternoon-evening drift mostly swinging flies for steelhead in the chop and tail-outs. We ended up with a surprise late season salmon in the very last tailout. What a great fight it gave us on steelhead gear! Given the late calendar date, we were blown away by the wonderful condition of this hatchery "Springer" caught on August 27 and which cut a beautiful orange colored meat and barbequed up like a May 1st Spring Chinook. Yum, Yum! The following 2 days we enjoyed some excellent fly fishing for a mix of hatchery and wild Trout on the Upper and Lower McKenzie.

Three Generations of the Elkins Family were represented on their McKenzie River Fishing Trip in July 2016

Three Generations of the Elkins Family were represented on their McKenzie River Fishing Trip in July 2016

We got a nice Steelhead & a Salmon in the morning and then switched gears for Rainbow Trout in the afternoon. 6 yr old Taylor put on a bit of a Trout Clinic in the afternoon showing all us old-timers just how it's done.

Late Arriving McKenzie Springers

Late Arriving McKenzie Springers

Robert K. found some fun action on late-arriving McKenzie River Spring Chinook

A 3- Day McKenzie Fishing Adventure Yields Great Rewards

A 3- Day McKenzie Fishing Adventure Yields Great Rewards

Wes had an absolute blast and brought home not only a lot of stories & memories, but quite a few fillets as we went 12 for 14 over 3 days of salmon and steelhead fishing on his mid-July 2016 McKenzie River Vacation. Truth be told, we spent 1 afternoon with Wes's 6 year old grandson Taylor who put on a clinic of his own catching McKenzie Rainbows. No doubt Mom & his sisters got an earful once Taylor got home.