Confluence Fly Shop

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 Oregon fishing licenses can be purchased online or by downloading the MyODFW app on your smart phone.)
  • -Oregon Angling License required for any and all fishing

McKenzie River Regulations

Guide Report

August 6, 2019

Nymphs will likely be the only reliable fishing method for the rest of the year. Start with a Possie Bugger or stonefly nymph and follow it with a worm pattern, egg pattern, size 18-22 midge, or size 16-20 mayfly nymph. Our favorites are the Pheasant Tail, Juju Baetis, Copper John, and Psycho Prince. 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. Flows continue to spike and drop, which means water quality is a bit tough to predict.



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