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The much anticipated 2010 McKenzie River Spring Chinook - Summer Steelhead Runs have arrived!

Gwen Autery & Cousin Dan with the fruit of their fishing efforts while drifting the Mckenzie River with RFGS in late May 2010

FISHING REPORT:

Fly fishing for trout has been good, especially on the lower McKenzie from Deerhorn Park near Holden Creek all the way down past Hendricks Wayside on down to Armitage Park. Though lots of Caddis and Mayflies are producing some decent flurries of dry fly action during the late morning and afternoon, wet flies and nymphs are proving most effective for fly anglers. Supplemental plantings of hatchery trout on designated sections of both the upper and lower McKenzie are significantly contributing to the great fishing trout fishermen are now enjoying.

With nearly 43,000 Spring Chinook and 13,000 Summer Steelhead now past the Willamette Falls Fish Counting Station, local fishermen are gradually landing an increasing number of salmon and steelhead on the Middle Fork Willamette and the McKenzie. In the coming weeks, fishing for these high prized specimen should become very consistent for experienced salmon and steelhead fishermen. The South Santiam continues to sport a bumper run of summer steelhead with almost 2000 steelhead already returned to the hatchery in Sweet Home and recycled downstream to provide additional fishing opportunity. Baits and jigs drifted underneath a float are proving most productive for these feisty summer-run fish.