McKenzie River

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS

N/A

7 30 year
9 am
3.99/350
46.0
9 am
1.33/315
54.9
7 30 year
9 am
1.47/2410
51.1
8 am
3.84/1250
7 30 year
8 am
1.37/1360 ↑
7 30 year
9 am
53.21/2500
7 30 year
9 am
7.42/2460
7 30 year
06/01:

Justin at The Caddis Fly Angling Shop reports good fishing throughout the river, although it's been more consistent in the upper McKenzie. The upper river is also seeing hatches of tan caddis throughout the day. McKenzie caddis are still hatching in the afternoons and later in the day. You may see green drakes on cool, cloudy days.

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Emerger

Size 16-20 Sprout Midge, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Dun

Size 16-20 Sparkle Dun, Comparadun, Hairwing Dun. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Nymph

Size 16-18 Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear. Olive-brown

Riffles, flats, moderate runs: indicator, tight line, rising nymph, shallow nymph

Emerger

Size 16-18 Sprout Midge, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Pale yellow, light brown, or tan body; light wing

Flats, moderate runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Dun

Size 16-18 Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun, Comparadun. Pale yellow, light brown, or tan body; light wing

Flats, moderate runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

► Spinner falls can occur near dusk. Carry some size 18 Rusty Spinners.

► Trout can get very selective on PMDs, but it's not a difficult hatch to match with a size 18 imitation. Anglers are more likely to imitate the wrong stage: trout will switch from nymphs to emergers to duns, lingering longer on each stage than most anglers expect.

► Hatches will be strongest when the weather stabilizes, which is often not until late in the month.

► Trout can get very selective on PMDs, but it's not a difficult hatch to match with a size 18 imitation. Anglers are more likely to imitate the wrong stage: trout will switch from nymphs to emergers to duns, lingering longer on each stage than most anglers expect.

Pupa

Size 16-18 , Deep Sparkle Pupa, Soft Hackle. Body: tan, green

Riffles, fast runs; just below these: indicator, tight line, shallow nymph

Adult

Bankwater near foilage: standard dry fly

Egg-layer

Size 16-18 Soft Hackle, Diving Caddis. Body: tan, olive-brown; Wing: dark brown, black

Riffles, seams, backeddies below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph, rising nymph

Pupa

Size 8-10 . green body, tan shroud

riffles, just below riffles: indicator, tight line, shallow nymph

Adult

Size 8-10 Elk Hair Caddis. green-blue body

bankwater near foilage, below riffles: standard dry fly

McKenzie caddis should still be hatching early in the month. Trout get so focused on this bug that they can ignore other hatches, no matter how massive they are. Even after the McKenzie caddis are gone, trout may still take imitations out of habit. Size 12-14 caddis patterns with a green or blue-green body can do well.

Pupa

Size 12-18 Soft Hackle, , Deep Sparkle Pupa. Body: tan, green; Shroud: tan

Riffles, runs, just below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph

Adult

Size 12-18 Goddard Caddis, X Caddis, Parachute Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis. Body: brown, green, dark gray; Wing: tan, brown

Egg-layer

Size 12-18 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Body: brown; Wing: black

Riffles, current seams, backeddies below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph, rising nymph

► Look for afternoon and evening hatches in soft water below riffles, especially near the end of the month. Several species are active, so try to match the size and color of whatever is hatching. If you carry adult patterns in size 14 (tan, olive) and size 16-18 (brown or dark gray) you will cover many situations. Throw in some Sparkle Pupas of similar size and color and some size 14-16 brown Soft Hackles; that will cover most caddis situations you will encounter.

Adult

Size 12 Clarks Stonefly, Stimulator, Chubby Chernobyl. Yellow, brown, yellow-brown

Bankwater near foilage: standard dry fly

little yellow stoneflies are easy to miss--unless you're a trout! Expect them to be on the water near the end of the month.
Eugene

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