Mckenzie River Summer Salmon & Steelhead still Available

Mckenzie River Summer Salmon & Steelhead still Available

Wes Elkins found some nice Springers to take home during his annual July McKenzie Trip

Epic McKenzie Steelhead Battle

Epic McKenzie Steelhead Battle

Yesterday's catch will be long remembered by both my guest Russ and myself. While working one of the McKenzie's Salmon holes in search of a willing Spring Chinook, we noticed the silhouettes of 4 steelhead laying toward the tailout. Very low water, sunshine and swirling inconsistent currents make fishing this piece of water difficult and often an effort in futility. Normally by the time you position the boat to where you can actually get an accurate presentation, the fish see you and subsequently disappear upstream into the depths of the pool. Regardless, we decided to take on the challenge.

It's shorts and T-shirt Fishing now on The Emerald Valley's Mighty McKenzie

It's shorts and T-shirt Fishing now on The Emerald Valley's Mighty McKenzie

We are dressing light these days on our summertime McKenzie River guided fishing trips. In addition to our lower river salmon & steelhead trips, we offer fly fishing trips for trout on the very scenic upper McKenzie River. These trips are quite sporting as they provide great family fun and even folks who have never tried a fly rod before, typically have great success landing trout on these trips. We network with a group of local guides to run multiple boat trips for group outings.

Elk Viewing

Elk Viewing

People aren't the only ones on the river who got hot and thirsty during our recent mini heat wave. While fishing, we were treated to a few minutes of elk viewing on the McKenzie as 3 cows came down to cool off and get an ice cold drink. They were so thirsty that they were absolutely gulping the water down. It was fun to observe.

Summer Salmon and Steelhead Continue to Cooperate in spite of Current Heat Wave

Summer Salmon and Steelhead Continue to Cooperate in spite of Current Heat Wave

The boys from Colorado made it out again this summer and somehow conjured up enough vodoo to work their usual magic. In spite of low return numbers and ambient temperatures in the 90s, the gang managed 2 steelhead and 5 salmon to the net........not too shabby under the prevailing conditions.