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    In Western Oregon we are blessed with a temperate climate yearround.  Barring the immediate effects of a winter or spring rainstorm, rainbow and cutthroat trout are available to be caught every single month of the year.
    In a typical year our guides begin focusing on McKenzie River trout fishing in mid to late February.  Air temperatures throughout the fishing day usually range from Michael Gorman photo / McKenzie River Fly Fishing / McKenzie River Fly Fishing Guidethe mid 40's to the mid 50's.  The water is high compared to those of late spring and summer, but if the water is clear fish can be caught.  And . . . it is unlikely that you will see another angler.
    Nymph fishing is the most pr
oductive method through most of each winter and early spring day on the McKenzie.  Midges and minute Baetis mayflies can offer the dry fly angler a chance to fish floating patterns during an unpredictable, brief window each day.  During these hatches, the McKenzie River fly patterns may need to be quite exacting, and expertly presented.
    As the winter progresses and the river temperature flirts with 47 or 48 degrees the famous McKenzie River March Brown mayfly hatch starts at the warmest part of the day, usually mid to late afternoon.  March Browns will predominate most of the dry fly action March and April. 
    When the March Browns come on strong our fishing guides may suggest splitting the fishing day between the McKenzie and Willamette River.  The Willamette below the M
cKenzie provides some secluded, productive trout fishing in the spring.  Many of our clients like the two-river experience for a variety of scenery and fishing experience.
    Caddisflies and Light Cahill-type mayflies
predominate the surface as the March Browns wane.  But the astute, skilled angler will rely on nymphs most of the fishing day.
    As the heat of summer comes on the fishing of the McKenzie fades, so mid to late June finds our fly fishing guides shifting focus to the Santiam River.  Here the cutthroat and rainbows are all native.  And, there is a very dangerous possibility that a summer steelhead may grab your trout fly.  Some of our guided fishing clients will split their fishing day between casting to trout and trying to tempt  a steelhead in selected locations.
    Come mid August, our McKenzie River fishing guides become Rogue River fishing guides, staying in Southern Oregon until Thanksgiving.
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sue o'brien, santiam / trout and steelhead fly fishing / McKenzie River fly fishing guide
Smilin' Sue
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McKenzie Rainbow / McKenzie River Fly Fishing / McKenzie River Fly Fishing Guide
McKenzie 'bow
mark kaczmarek, santiam / trout and steelhead fly fishing / McKenzie River fly fishing guide
Ooops!  Steelhead!

 McKenzie rainbow / McKenzie River Fly Fishing / McKenzie River Fly Fishing Guide
Pretty as a picture

mandy and joe jensen, santiam / trout and steelhead fly fishing / McKenzie River fly fishing guide
wife & husband fun
denise hiill and chuck wagner, mckenzie / trout and steelhead fly fishing / McKenzie River fly fishing guide
business client fun
mckenzie cutthroat / trout and steelhead fly fishing / McKenzie River fly fishing guide
McKenzie cutthroat

Caddisfly larva /  McKenzie River Fly Fishing / McKenzie River Fly Fishing Guide
Trout food

amanda and tom clements, santiam / trout and steelhead fly fishing / McKenzie River fly fishing guide
Father & daughter fun
alec and raji, santiam / trout and steelhead fly fishing / McKenzie River fly fishing guide
Father & son fun
marc o'brien, santiam / trout and steelhead fly fishing / McKenzie River fly fishing guide
Santiam native rainbow
cutthroat /  McKenzie River Fly Fishing / McKenzie River Fly Fishing Guide
Another McKenzie cutthroat
tom clements and raji, santiam / trout and steelhead fly fishing / McKenzie River fly fishing guide
Grandpa lends assistance
michael gorman, mckenzie / trout and steelhead fly fishing / McKenzie River fly fishing guide
McKenzie Big Boy

McKenzie rainbow / trout and steelhead fly fishing / McKenzie River fly fishing guide
Another McKenzie redside 

mayfly nymph /  McKenzie River Fly Fishing / McKenzie River Fly Fishing Guide
More trout food

 

Contact Information

Telephone
541.207.4000

Postal address
Michael Gorman
330 NW Autumn Place, Corvallis OR 97330
Mckenzie River fishing guides & Rogue River fishing guides specialists

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