(from OR, ID, CA, WA, NV)
McKENZIE RIVER FISHING
The upper river hosts mainly Rainbows, to 20 inches. The lower river, near Springfield, is home to Cutthroats, to 16 inches. The average trout caught is about 12 inches.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife requires catch-and-release of native "McKenzie River Redsides." They stock the river with over 100,000 catchable hatchery Rainbows each year.
A day's limit is five. We use some in our full-day trip's lunch fish fry...
EQUIPMENT; Our high-rise rocker-bottom McKenzie drift boats were designed and built over the past nine decades for use on this favorite stream. They are superb in running whitewater and, with our able guides on the oars, maneuver precisely into the nooks and crannies where the big fish hide. We run a guide and two guests in each boat; up to 12 guests on a trip. We furnish the finest fly-fishing tackle, but guests certainly may bring their own favorites. Rods should be 8' to 9', 4-6 weight with a weight-forward floating flyline. Be sure to bring rain gear, beverages, and an Oregon fishing license. We recommend polarized glasses and a wide-brim hat.
The video below was taken with Grant McOmie and Aaron Helfrich in 2012.
I wanted to take a moment of my time, and let you know what an outstanding job you did, and how much I enjoyed myself. From the moment we arrived at the take out point to park our vehicle, you were extremely friendly and professional. Your patience and techniques for teaching me the correct way to fly fish paid off handsomely, as we pulled in at least 60 trout in less than seven hours. This was truly an experience that I will never forget, and I will be sure and let everyone know about the wonderful time I had. - Sincerely, Neil A. Spoon
Thanks so much for a most enjoyable trip yesterday. Your professionalism and efforts were much appreciated! I am sure we will be with you again. - Regards, Spence
It would be a privilege and a huge joy to get to fish again with such a competent guide and such a nice person. That day with you is still vivid in my memories and will sustain me through many a long day this winter. - Valentina L. Brashers
Half-day trip: $275 per boat, one or two anglers Full-day trip: $400 per boat
A Helfrich Outfitter, LLC is an equal opportunity recreational service provider