Traditional Summer fisheries heat up in the month of June
Early Summer Steelhead and Trout Highlights
June 2009 | McKenzie (Eugene, OR) and Clackamas Rivers (Portland, OR)
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June in the Willamette Valley was typcially good this year. We had a few episodes of rain and a bit of above average water levels earlier in the month and then drier and falling water conditions the second half of June. We focused our efforts this month on Clackamas chrome and McKenzie bows. Both fished very well.
The McKenzie did not disappoint with lots of fish everyday and hardly any fishing pressure. We barely nymphed at all, fishing dries first thing in the morning and then streamers late mornings and afternoons. The hot fly this month was a size 8 regular black wolly bugger with or without a bead. Why is that such a great fly? Fish snatched it up it like it was on the clearance rack. Either on the swing or on the dangle, it didn't matter. I kept thinking a summer steelhead was going to treat us to a violent strike on the swinging trout gear, but it didn't happen...yet. There is still a lot of Summer left.
The Clackamas steelheading varied a bit with the weather conditions and angling pressure. Water over 12.0 isn't my favorite for flies on the Clack, not because the fish won't eat but because the river tends to get a little crowded. We had our best success on days of light pressure and are now having very consistent fishing as the angling pressure is dying down. We even fished springers a couple days with better than expected results. Anglers were also treated to some spectacular dry fly action after fishing the early morning steelhead bite. The rainbows were always willing to play and were a great way to finish up the day.
We expect the fishing in July to be very consistent and even better that June. We'll remain on the Clackamas and the McKenzie during July and then will begin switching over to the coast for Sea-run cutts in August. To book a Summer Steelhead, Trout or Coastal Sea-run cutthroat trip. Call us at 503.515.3533 or email us!