Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Florida Here We Come!

 My Ultra Soon to be Wife & I
Well Nikki and I are headed to Florida tomorrow morning (May 1st) to get hitched. Wooooo Hooooooo!!!
We get married on May 3rd, and then we are honeymooning down at the Florida Keys until May 11th; to then be arriving back on May 12th.

Obviously, I am not able to run any guided trips during this break, but I will be back after May 12th. I will be checking emails on my Iphone; so shoot me an email at fish@mckenzieangler.com if you are interested in booking any trips after I am back from sunny Florida.

Monday, April 29, 2013

End Of April 2013 McKenzie River Trout Fishing Pics

On tight to a line ripping McKenzie Redside....
Wet wading and releasing a trout at the end of April.....
Fish on!!! Another McKenzie River trout....
Releasing this trout so it could keep on growing for another day.....
This trout fell to a presentation on a nice drop off shelf - McKenzie River
Trout making a nice line peeling run on the McKenzie River
Nice trout like Chubby Chernobyls with the Royal Dress......
They told me to throw a cast in to get a triple, and it worked.......
Some adult golden stones were fluttering around......
On tight to the largest Coastal Cutthroat trout I have ever seen on the McKenzie
Lots of these throughout the spring fishing days...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Short Carp Video - Sight Fishing Cast & Delivery

Went out carp fishing yesterday with a couple of friends. The fishing was okay; to the point where we all caught fish, but it could have been better. I managed to get into enough fish to make my day, and one of the highlights was seeing this fish holding off the bank. I got a cast to land my fly 6" from the fish's nose, and it turned down to inhale my fly instantly. It was really fun to watch that fish climb onto my offering. Short video, and a small fish for carp standards with not much of a fight, but a killer take from the fish.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Rod/Reel/LineFly Fishing Outfit Deal At The Portland Orvis Store

Right now there is a killer deal going on at the Portland Orvis Store. If you decide to purchase a fly fishing outfit, where you get a rod, reel, & line; the deal will be 20% off the total price of that outfit. That is a killer deal that you never see coming out of fly shops! If you hypothetically decide on a outfit that would be at $1000, then you will get $200 off!! Sweet deal; so get yourself a totally awesome H2 Outfit right now! Pick up your first switch rod, if you have been wondering how awesome they are to fish with. Get that 2wt you always have been pondering on.

The deal is good through April; so pop on by The Portland Orvis Store, and we will get you all rigged up with an awesome outfit for an awesome deal!

(Offer not valid with any other promotions - Just good for outfit's full retail price with 20% off of that full retail price)
Orvis Access 8wt Switch Rod with Mirage Reel (awesome year round steelhead outfit)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rockfishing Class Pics

Well after having to postpone the class twice; we finally had a break in the wind and swells to get out there. Everyone did really well out there, and fishing got really hot during the last hour of the class. It was so good to the point where someone was hauling in a fish at all times for that hour, and we saw several doubles with multiple fish on between class members. Really fun and successful FF301 class!!!
Nice fish on large white bunny leech

Nice healthy pacific black rockfish that really pulled hard

Fishing was really hot right when the tide started to ebb

This rockfish fell to a chartreuse, white, and blue clouser minnow

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Carp Fly Fishing Video

Check out the new video I just made. Click the link below to view the video.

Here are some pics from early last week too.....

This Common Carp made me see the backing twice

I always love the hue of red on the tail.....

The carp were eating very heavily the couple of days I was out fishing....

Bye bye.....

Carp have some seriously awesome scale patterns.....

Please Help Get Frank Moore Back to Normandy

Frank Moore is one of the most amazing people I have ever met, and I know everyone I have ever talked to who has crossed paths with Frank seems to say similar positive things about him. I am actually baffled that he is 90, and that is simply because he can out-fish and out-wade most people. When he shakes your hand it feels like he may turn your hand into a diamond. He is the living legend of the North Umpqua River. Nobody has seen more of that river than he has, and he can still fish it at 90 years old like a champ. Everyone needs to meet Frank because he would have on impact on you in some way. I have seen him at sportsman demo shows with 20 kids around him, and he is busy giving them all a free casting lesson.

There is a mission to get him back to Normandy France to be able to fish the rivers he saw as a soldier. There is a large fundraising event going on, and YOU need to take part in it. I know I am taking my part by donating a guided fly fishing trip as part of a fundraiser that has a goal to raise the funds to get Frank over to Normandy.

I have a link below to see more information about the documentary called Mending the Line which will be about Franks life and also going along with him to Normandy.

Mending the Line is a documentary about Frank Moore, a 90-year old WWII veteran and fly-fishing legend, returning to Normandy to fish the rivers he saw as a soldier.

 Frank Moore: Mending the Line

A documentary about Frank Moore, a 90-year old WWII veteran and fly-fishing legend, returning to Normandy to fish the rivers he saw as a soldier.

Click the link Below to see more information about how to get involved by donating to this mission to get Frank to Normandy.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Spring Trout Pics with Report

This past Friday the 29th was the perfect example of a spring trout fishing day on the McKenzie River. If you were to go fishing over there seeking out the March Brown hatch; you would probably come home saying the fishing was slow and the March Brown hatch was weak. With that being said, the fishing was fast action at times, and steady throughout the day, but we never once caught a fish on a March Brown dry fly.
Typical cookie cutter on this sunny bright day
We did catch fish nymphing, swinging wets, and I think we maybe had a fish look at a dry fly. We did not fish a dry more than five minutes or so though, and it was because the fish never got going on anything in a consistent manner. There were grannom caddis hatching hard for the first day in numbers and March Browns peppered in the mix. Maybe a Pale Morning Dun flew by, but no official confirmation; since we could not grab one from the air.
Lots of bent rods this time of the year....
Fishing was slower until about 11am, and then it picked up to a fair to consistent level till about 1pm. After that it was lights out till about 4pm, and we were drilling fish all over the place on many different fly patterns. Swinging softhackles wets and a March Brown wet proved to be most effective out there, and the fishing was really good in pulses, and then it would slow down to fair. Just when you would think it was going to slow down and turn off, it would pulse on out 20 minutes of hot action again. After 4pm, it slowed back down to getting a fish here and there on wets; so we tried nymphing again in a probable slot. We had several good take downs on the Thingamabobber, and had on a couple a nice fish to head into the boat ramp. Dave hooked something really big, but it got off in that slot. I never got to see it, but Rose showed some excitement when she saw the big mysterious fish. We swung up a last couple of fish, and then mosied on down to the take out boat ramp.
Well fed little McKenzie Rainbow Trout
Another great day on the water getting into lots of nice rainbows and cutts with many little ones in the mix to keep the action hot and heavy. The weather was the nicest day of the 2013 calendar year so far, and the fishing will stay strong throughout the spring if the current weather trends stick around. Ironically speaking we can use some weather to raise the water levels up a bit, and to make the March Brown surface fishing more what the stereotype says it should be. My key words regarding the March Brown hatch and trout fishing the upper Willamette and McKenzie Rivers would be to go fishing and don't worry about the March Brown hatch. Don't fish a bug hatch; fish the river's offered conditions. Use the given conditions and decipher what to do with them. This past Friday, I knew the night before there was going to be the first big grannom caddis hatch of the year. The weather was supposed to be over 70 degrees and that is the bug that will hatch in early April when it is warm and sunny. The March Brown likes cloudy, cool, and drizzle the most, but when you have time to go fishing you should go.
Scrappy rainbows like this make your reel hum nicely
Fishing during the spring can be totally awesome on the McKenzie and upper Willamette Rivers, and many people have no idea how much fun can be had in the southern Willamette Valley from March through early June with the spring bug hatches. There will be hatches of March Browns, grannom caddis (in clouds literally), pale morning duns, blue winged olives, some skawalas, a random salmonfly, and the McKenzie Green caddis (end of April). The fishing will be awesome this spring with the given water conditions; so get yourself out there. 
Tight lines resulted from swinging softhackled wet flies in the surface film
If you are interested in going on a guided trip for the Lower McKenzie or Upper Willamette Rivers then email me at fish@mckenzieangler.com or call me at (541)-232-6360.
Tight to a large fish while swinging a wet fly through a riffle's inside bend
Mrs. Rainbow Trout keeping her nose down and not giving up
The "Daily Double" McKenzie River in Oregon - Landing two fish on one cast....
Red Ass Softhackle works well during the slow moments.....
The #14 yellow softhackle is a must have on the McKenzie River
March Brown wets are fish catchers from Mid March through early May
The Possie Bugger can be deemed the number 1 fly on the McKenzie River by many anglers