McKenzie River

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS

N/A 7 30 year
Blue River
Blue River
9 pm 4.34/482 47.5 7 30 year
forecast
Mohawk
Springfield
10 pm 0.88/ 7 30 year
forecast
S Fk McKenzie
abv Cougar Lk
9 pm 3.74/246 53.1 7 30 year
forecast
S. Fk. McKenzie
nr Rainbow
7 pm 2.38/1130 56.3 7 30 year
McKenzie
blw Clear Lk
9 pm 1.97/314 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
blw Trail Br Dam
9 pm 6.56/778 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
Vida
9 pm 1.95/3330 55.8 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
Leaburg
8 pm 3.81/1150 7 30 year
McKenzie
Walterville
8 pm 1.36/1360 ↓ 7 30 year
McKenzie
abv Hayden Br
9 pm 53.61/3190 7 30 year
McKenzie
Coburg
9 pm 7.90/3120 7 30 year

 

What to Expect in August

HATCH NYM/
LAR
PUPA/
EMER
DUN/
ADLT
EGG-
LAY
Pale morning dun
Saddle-case caddis
Caddis
Golden stonefly
Yellow sally
Salmonfly
Midge
Hopper

Hatches divided by half-month.
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

 

On the lower river you should expect fishing to be decent only in the evening. Soft Hackles, or a dry fly with a nymph on a dropper leader, should work well at those times.

Higher up, midges should be in profusion, and midge cluster patterns, such as a Renegade, might take some trout. Pale morning duns should be fading this month, but you might find some blue-winged olives hatching. Expect a few remnant golden stonefly adults as well as caddis from size 14 to18.

From Blue River to Ollallie, trout anglers should do well with large dry flies, such as Stimulators, attractor patterns, and pale morning dun imitations. Grasshopper patterns are good choice for afternoons, especially if it's windy. Tie about 30 inches of leader material to the hookbend of your hopper pattern and fasten a size 16-18 nymph or Soft Hackle to the business end.

Steelhead will be present from Leaburg to Hendricks Bridge. They are inconsistent biters, so set your expectations. If you're using traditional tactics, the best fishing will be in the morning; black or purple patterns will work best. Indicator tactics are always a good choice.

For more information on August fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report

What to expect in 

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Other Info Sources

The Caddis Fly Angling Shop 541-342-7005

 

The Fly Fisher's Place 541-549-3474

Home-Waters 541-342-6691