See also McKenzie River
About two hundred years ago, Lewis and Clark finally entered the
Willamette River, on April 2, 1806. While mid summer is the most common time frame for fishing this river, March and April can still be a good time to
start exploring this relatively obscure fishery for wild rainbow
and cutthroat. These descendants of fish from pre-statehood days
live out their mundane lives sipping aquatic insects and negotiating
gentle riffles for their daily meals as they await the occasional
visitor with fly rod in hand.
Come late summer and fall, this is a true steelhead fishery with thousands of steelhead returning to it each year, yet read around and you will find very little written of the unbelievable numbers of anadromous fish that find their way here. In many years, well over 10,000!
this under utilized section of the Willamette River will have your
downstream progress overseen by bald eagles, osprey, herons and
river otters, but little else. The splashing leaps and reel churning
runs of wild trout accompanied by exhortations of joy from the rod
holder will drift off in the gentle breeze and be heard by maybe
a lonely farm animal or two, but seldom other humans. The mid-Willamette
tumbles its way through generational farm lands that escort this
famous waterway on its gentle passage. Combine some excellent fly
angling with a gourmet shore lunch for an unforgettable day immersed
in the world of water, or better yet take two days, river camp,
dine well with friends, and fish hard in one of the more memorable
settings you can find that exists mostly undiscovered and undisturbed
between major population areas.
Clothing and equipment checklist -- Summer
Spey Line Specifications
day float trip. For 1 or2 anglers.
Includes: Transportation from Eugene, lunch, beverages, flies, leader
day/1 night float trip. For 1 or 2 anglers.
Includes: All meals, gear, flies and transportation to and from the river,up
to 6 people, three boat trips.
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