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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

September 16, 2018

Caddis are still on the menu in all life cycle stages. Primarily, they are in the size 14-18 range in a range of colors from tan and olive to black. A few October caddis have been spotted but the bulk of the hatch will likely begin late this month. However, pupas are definitely on the menu for most of the month. Possie buggers, stonefly nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, Caddis Pupa, and midges will all get the job done. Indicator rigs will be your best bet but bring a dry fly rod just in case. Look for rising fish in current seams and the heads and tails of pools, especially on overcast days.



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