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Casting your fly from a Mckenzie river boat gives you access to fishing shore
fishermen can only dream about.

Trout fishing Oregon's McKenzie and Willamette rivers
March through October offers fishing for wild trout.  Spring and fall offer the best dry fly action.
Redside rainbow trout (natives) average eleven to sixteen inches with the occasional fish going eighteen or better.
On the lower McKenzie there are native cutthroat trout as well as rainbow trout.
From the third weekend in April periodically through the summer hatchery fish (planters) are released.  These are fun to catch and are meant to be taken.  A shore fish fry is a McKenzie tradition.  No wild fish are ever taken.
Summer Steelhead
Both the McKenzie and Willamette have good runs of summer steelhead.  June through October is the best time to fish for these elusive fish. All these fish are planted and fair to keep.  Many people think steelhead taste better than salmon.
Beginning steelhead fishermen sometimes think they are chasing the holy grail.  Other times it is easy.  Whichever, no one forgets when they first connect!
I find it most rewarding to swing flies in the traditional manner.  Skating dry flies for steelhead is the ultimate challenge.
Winter Steelhead
Oregon's winter steelhead run is at its peak during January and February.
I generally fish the Siuslaw, Lake Creek, Smith, Alsea, or Umpqua rivers in the winter.
While winter weather is generally mild in western Oregon, the rivers rise and fall as storms pass through.  Depending on river level we would fish the upper sections in higher flows and down river as the water drops.  Sometimes the river is blown and a trip has to be canceled.
A fly rod with an indicator is very effective for winter steelhead.  The technique is the same as nymph fishing for trout.  The big difference is when you set the hook and the fun begins!
Experiencing the beauty of a mist shrouded coastal river canyon while anticipating a twelve pound chrome bright steelhead is worth a little rain  Of course a propane heater in the boat and thermos' of hot coffee and soup make it downright fun.
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