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McKenzie and Willamette Rivers
McKenzie and Willamette Rivers
McKenzie and Willamette Rivers
McKenzie and Willamette Rivers
McKenzie and Willamette Rivers
McKenzie and Willamette Rivers
McKenzie and Willamette Rivers
McKenzie and Willamette Rivers
McKenzie and Willamette Rivers
McKenzie and Willamette Rivers
McKenzie and Willamette Rivers
McKenzie and Willamette Rivers
McKenzie and Willamette Rivers
McKenzie and Willamette Rivers

Details

  • Fresh Water
  • Season

    March - November, however both rivers are open year around.
  • The 2017 rate is $475 per boat per day for trout or steelhead fishing. Half day trips are $350. The rate is the same for 1 or 2 anglers.
  • Number of guests

    The day trips are one to two anglers per guide. It is possible with a group of 3-6 anglers to do two or three boats.
  • Species:
    • Rainbow Trout
    • Steelhead

McKenzie and Willamette Rivers

United States >> Oregon >> Eugene
Fishing and Species
Scott and Matt guide year around for trout and steelhead. The lower McKenzie and Willamette River trout fishing starts in March with the March Brown Mayfly hatch and continues into June. The upper river fishes best June 15 - July 31. In August the fishing is weather and water temperature dependent. As things cool off in September and October, both the upper and lower McKenzie fish well. Summer Steelhead fishing in the Mckenzie starts in mid May and goes into November. Scott and Matt guide winter Steelhead on coastal rivers January to March.
Scott Nelson and Matt Ramsey

Some of the best fly fishing in Oregon takes place in the southern Willamette Valley. The blue ribbon McKenzie River and a large portion of the mainstem Willamette River offer over 30 miles of designated catch-and-release trout water as well as endless steelhead haunts which are ideally suited to fly fishing. There are enough different floating sections to fish an entire week without hitting the same water twice. Local motels, B&Bs, and camping are available for anglers looking to fish for more than a single day.
Some of the best fly fishing in Oregon takes place in the southern Willamette Valley. The blue ribbon McKenzie River and a large portion of the mainstem Willamette River offer over 30 miles of designated catch-and-release trout water as well as endless steelhead haunts which are ideally suited to fly fishing. There are enough different floating sections to fish an entire week without hitting the same water twice. Local motels, B&Bs, and camping are available for anglers looking to fish for more than a single day.

These large rivers are a challenge to access on foot. Guides Scott Nelson and Matt Ramsey offer you the unique opportunity to sight-fish to rising trout and swing flies for aggressive summer steelhead (often in the same day) from a fully equipped drift boat. Prolific insect hatches throughout the long season bring the native Redside Rainbows and Cutthroat trout to the surface in enthusiastic predatory abandon. These guides specialize in surface and near-surface angling for these hard-bodied trout. Your day on the river will be timed to coincide with the best hatch activity. Both guides are excellent instructors and very patient with new anglers. I have sent numerous beginning fly fishers with them, and they have all learned new skills, landed trout and had a wonderful day.

Hard-fighting Summer Steelhead are in the river from June through November. Your trip can be planned to target trout, steelhead, or both. While the trout fishing is open year round, Scott and Matt concentrate on March through November, due to water flows and weather. During the other months they guide steelhead fishing on the coast.