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McKenzie River

McKenzie River

Blue River to Leaburg

Starting from deep within the Lava Flows in the Cascade Range, this cold, gin-clear river cuts its way through ferns and towering evergreens. Wild rainbow trout are accompanied by hatchery rainbows which makes this a great river to turn fishing into catching!

Recommended Rigs


    • 9ft  4 - 6 weight fly rod
    • Large arbor reel with a strong drag
    • Rio Gold, Orvis Nymph, Orvis HD Trout
    • 9 ft tapered leader
    • 3x-5x Fluorocarbon and Nylon tippet

Required Licenses/Permits/Passes

(All available for purchase at CONFLUENCE FLY SHOP)
  • -Angling License required for any and all fishing

McKenzie River Regulations



Guide Report

November 7, 2018

October caddis are beginning to taper off but are still around. Nymphs will likely be the only reliable fishing method for the rest of the year. Start with a Possie Bugger, stonefly nymph, or October Caddis pupa and follow it with a worm pattern, egg pattern, size 18-22 midge, or size 16-20 mayfly. Dry-dropper rigs can be effective as well. Try an orange or purple Stimulator or Chubby Chernobyl followed by a size 16-2o JuJu Baetis or midge nymph. You may find a few fish rising to blue winged olives but it likely will not be consistent or predictable. Sculpins and Wooly Buggers are always a good thing to have around.



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