Oregon doesn’t have an official opening day for the fishing season because fishing is always open somewhere. Nonetheless, my opening day was yesterday. It was a beautiful day, starting off in the chilly 30s, but climbing to the mid 50s by late afternoon. Dawn and I each caught several nice wild cutthroat. The float was comfortable without any navigational hazards.
We didn’t see any March Browns, but there was a regular black blizzard of the Grannom Caddis from about 1:45 to 2:45. There were so many bugs on the water, the fish couldn’t find our flies. I found that a little twitch to a small bead-head nymph helped; Dawn tied on a slightly larger dry-fly with some success. We floated the McKenzie from about 11:30 to 3:30, putting in at Harvest Lane and taking out at Armitage. River levels had stabilized around 5,000 csfs or about 2.7 feet. The water is still cold. There was little cloud cover all day.