Oregon Fishing Forecast 2/19/2014 – post snowpocalypse

Thank you for all the rain dances, I think they have worked!  Expect more of the stuff to come down through the next couple of days. This next front will bring in slightly cooler temperatures but should not be bringing more low elevation snow.  We will see a drying trend later in the week and rivers may just come in to shape by the weekend. Another front is expected to show up around Sunday, bringing more moisture our way.

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Why our rivers are at minor flood stage.

Coast– All the coastal anglers that we know have been praying and hoping for rain to come. Now that it is here, we are all waiting to see if it brought fish along with it. We have no recent reports but we will be out there when the rivers clear up a bit. Fish were caught during snowpocalypse and the North Fork Alsea Hatchery has finally seen larger numbers of fish making it to the trap.

Valley– We are back to a more normal winter weather pattern, which has raised levels far above fishable. For now it is best to sit back with your favorite beverage and tie up some bugs for the coming season.

Desert– Low snowpack and water levels means that dam operators are holding back every drop that they can. This means that Central Oregon tailwaters have remained at fishable levels and are fishing well. The BWO and midge hatches don’t seem to have been affected one bit by the weather. With the high flows and warmer temperatures on other systems this is a great time to throw a streamer and see what monster may be living in out there.

Oregon Fishing Forecast

The rain is here, but only for a few days – precipitation forecast here: http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/weather/10_day.cgi [LINK]

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these days weren’t so bad

Coast: Fair-Good

Precipitation will start tonight and continue into Wednesday, expect rainfall to 1”  in some places. The increased river levels should bring the remaining chinook into the rivers, as well as the coho that are currently staging in tidewater. Look to fish as soon as the rivers start to drop, you never know what you might find this time of year…

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blink and they’ll be here.

Valley: Fair-Poor

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This weather system will bring valley rivers up starting mid-week. The Mckenzie can fish quite well during high water periods. Target the soft water on the edges and deep slow runs.  Look for hatches of BWO’s and midges, otherwise fish a two-nymph rig in the deep water – [link] for Willamette Valley nymph rigging.

Desert: Good

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late fall can bring beautiful steelhead days

As far as fishing goes, the Deschutes is still producing some fish from Maupin to Warm Springs, and angling pressure has dropped off. The John Day and Grand Ronde will continue to fish until the freeze hits. Pay attention to stream temps – think winter tactics as temperatures drop below 50 degrees.

McKenzie River Fishing Very Well

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Cascadia Fly Shop Crew Spencer and Kyle got out on the lower McKenzie last weekend.  Conditions were spot on, with high overcast skies, warming temperatures, and the occasional drizzle.  BWOs were hatching around 10am and continued to come off throughout the float.  A number of HUGE October Caddis were also spotted in the afternoon.  Green and orange were the hot colors for flies with fish looking up to dries and also taking nymphs.  Most fish were caught in 4-8 feet of walking-pace water, as the cold temperatures seemed to be driving fish to slower, deeper spots.  Fish deep nymphs or ply the banks with a hopper-dropper to have your best shot at McKenzie redsides this time of year.

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Setup: Mega-prince (6-8) and possie bugger (8-10) combos worked very well, but we also found that smaller possies and guide’s choice (12-16) paired with a larger, stonefly style nymph just as productive. We ran hand-built leaders made of: 2-3’ of 20-25lb mono; thingamabobber tied into the leader; 5’ 2x flurocarbon; 12” 3x; big fly; 18” 4x to dropper fly. This system turns over heavy nymphs well and allows for easy replacement of flies and tippet when breaking off on snags. For those interested in tapered leader setups, we like to use 8’ 2x or 3x Trouthunter Tippet.

 

Rod: Sage ONE 496 with Lamson Guru 2

Line: Rio Gold 5wt

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Water: We found most of our fish in deeper, slower water than you would normally look for. Deep tailouts, island seams, and woody structure were highly productive. Depth ranged from 6-8’ and fish were picked up right on the bottom.

Other methods: Another method that would have been successful, and one of our favorites, is swinging soft hackles in the shallower, slow water and tailouts. This method is extremely successful and a great one for beginners, especially with a 5’ trout polyleader from Airflo.

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Fall Guide Special:

We are currently experiencing excellent fall weather that has the trout in an especially cooperative mood. In an effort to help you all get out on the water, we are offering a special rate on our trout trips. Full day floats are $350 and half days are $250, down from $425 and $325. As always, we provide gear, flies, leader material, and water for 2 anglers. If you decide to join us for a full day of fishing, we will provide a grilled shore lunch and drinks. Trips will be run from Hendricks down on the Mckenzie, as well as select Willamette floats. Let us help you enjoy this beautiful fall weather we are having, and let us take you fishing.  Call 541 230 1706 or email guides@cascadiaflyshop.com to book today!

Oregon Fishing Forecast 6/27

Coast: Good

The coast is finally going to see some decent weather for this weekend. Recent rains have improved steelheading so the coast is a good option for this weekend. Suns out and with light cloud cover in the coming forecast steelhead fishing will be best around early morning and evening hours. Sea runs will begin moving into the coastal systems anytime after the 4th. Don’t forget those streamers and big leggy dries for resident cutthroat. They will be very active until the water warms too much.

Valley: Good

Fish counts continue to be good – 200-300 summer steelhead per day. Spring Chinook fishing continues to challenge most, but the recent overcast skies have been making life easier. Our weather is forecast to make a major shift – back to summer weather – 90-degree days and high sun. Valley trout fishing is going off as it should in late June.  Caddis are still the main meal for these trout but always be prepared for a stone, drake, and pmd hatch… Or nymph with large attractor nymphs with trailers – possie bugger and caddis emerger or small pheasant tail.

Desert: Good

Sun and high temps are in the forecast for the eastern part of the state.  With the salmon/stonefly hatch all but finished caddis are coming into play, and remember folks those caddis start lighten up as the season wears on.  Those eastern lakes are looking good as well with callibaetis becoming active. Don’t forget your ant patterns sight fisher and steamers on intermediate or sinking lines through the deep stretches of the lake.

Fishing Forecast — June 20, 2013

Coast

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Rain is forecast so bring your jacket, but rain also means fresh anadromous fish moving into our coastal systems – give a skater a try for steelhead! Cutthroat are more than ready to take your fly. Try attractor patters and classic nymphs, dries, and streamers, the fish are not too picky. Give a buggy, bushy dry some movement and watch them go airborne! Lastly, bring more flies than you think you’ll need, the brush and over hanging trees are perfect gear catchers.

Valley

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The valley weather feels like spring here in Oregon. There are showers and sun forecast, so choose the right days to go if you have that luxury. Look for green caddis and pmds on the surface and possie buggers, hare’s ears, and fox squirrels for nymphs. For steelhead and salmon, there are finally solid fish numbers coming over the falls (Willamette Falls: 21,000 chinook and 8,600 steelhead). Cloud cover and rainy days, with improving numbers should improve fishing.

Desert

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Similar to the Valley, thunderstorms and patches of clouds forecast, so watch yourself in the afternoons. Hatches are now becoming regular with PMDs, green drakes and caddis being the most common. The salmonfly hatch has come to an end, but the goldens are still around. Central Oregon lakes are productive with damselflies, ants, callibaetis. Try sinking your ant or beetle in wind pockets for a different twist.

Fishing Forecast — June 13, 2013

Coast

Steelhead and chinook spring runs are showing up. The fishing has been fair/good for steelhead on the coast right now, with good salmon fishing when you time it right. The cutthroat that are in the coastal streams are very aggressive and are willing to take both dries, nymphs and small streamers. Try your hand at the cutthroats and you will be surprised on how quickly a fish will take your fly. Showers and partly cloudy weather is forecast for the region – keep an eye on river levels. Fresh rain means fresh fish on the coast.

Valley:

Valley rivers are just now getting underway with caddis and PMD hatches. The large stoneflies that have been hatching are starting to slow down, but will not completely stop until mid August. Keep your eye open for drakes and green caddis – they should start coming off in numbers anytime now. Steelhead and salmon counts are steadily increasing (18,000 salmon and 6,900 steelhead at Willamette Falls). Clouds and rain are forecast for the week, with a chance of thunderstorms. Be aware that sudden spring shifts in weather can still happen. Steelhead fishing should continue to improve with better weather and more fish.

Desert:

The desert is fishing great. Fish are keyed on small nymphs along with PMD’s and attractors on the surface. The salmonflies and large golden stones are still coming off, but not for very much longer, so if you still want to fish the hatch get out there now. If you are late to the hatch, try a golden stone when searching. They are around and fish still key on them long after the hatch is over. We have received fair reports from the Cascade Lakes – look for callibaetis, damsel flies, and flying ants on the surface. The forecast calls for more hot days and afternoon thunderstorms. It’s summertime over the hill.

Fishing Forecast 5/17

The unseasonably warm, dry weather we have been enjoying has come to an end for at least the next week.  Expect cooler temperatures and occasional showers to continue through early next week.  East of the cascades temperatures will drop but remain mild with light scattered showers.

Coast- Cooler temperatures and overcast skies will improve steelhead fishing.  With below normal river levels expect fish to be spooky, wade carefully.  Now is a great time to head out and catch rockfish on the fly either from a boat or rocky shorelines.

Valley- Spring Chinook fishing has been improving and large numbers of fish continue to come over Willamette Falls.  Steelhead fishing should improve with overcast skies and rising counts.  Trout fishing remains excellent; stoneflies are coming out in enough numbers to have fish looking up and McKenzie Green Caddis have begun hatching. Large green pupae patterns and bushy dries have been producing well.

Desert- Salmonflies (and crowds) are out on the Deschutes but fishing has been fair/good on dry fly patterns.  Fishing will improve as fish get conditioned to seeing adults on the water. Caddis pupae patterns have been producing well if you are having trouble raising fish to the surface. Image