Summer Steelhead

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.

Steelhead Fishing on the Middle Fork Willamete and McKenzie Rivers will continue well into the Fall Months

Steelhead Fishing on the Middle Fork Willamete and McKenzie Rivers will continue well into the Fall Months

Our local steelhead fishing can provide great sport for acrobatic, tailwalking, line burning fish. These feisty critters have been known to pound quite a variety of presentations including flies, jigs, spinners, plugs, and drifted baits

McKenzie -Willamette Steelhead Fishing

McKenzie -Willamette Steelhead Fishing

Jeff Calavan enjoyed an evening float this week down the McKenzie River

McKenzie River Continues to Produce some Nice Salmon

Bargequed Spring Chinook is always a Summer Favorite!