I didn't think I had enough photos I took during all the years I fished Mac and Willy but I found more in an article I wrote in regards to the March Brown hatch on the McKenzie. So, I tossed this clip together last week -- I'm getting much faster at using the editing program. At one time I fished both rivers more often than any others in Oregon. In fact, when I was first learning to fly fish, I found a place on the Willamette that is a 10 minute drive from my house... no one else fished there. The Willamette runs next to Corvallis and is primarily frog water. However, it is not nearly as deep as folks think it is and it supports a population of native and wild cutthroat. But they move around. So, you need to find them. There's also a ton of whitefish. So once I found the spot, I'd go there just about every evening after work. Most likely, if I was so inclined, I could still catch trout and whitefish at that spot and truthfully, I have no idea why I stopped fishing there... maybe it is due to the fact the spot is in a park that has become very popular with the town folk. Eventually I started moving upstream away from the frog water. And then, I started targeting the McKenzie. A friend and I would fish Mac all summer during the evening after after a work day. While both rivers are best fished from a drift boat, there are plenty of areas you can access the river on foot. Right now is the time to fish these rivers. The MB hatch has started and will continue for a few months. The native rainbow and cutts do love the March Browns. The scruffy looking guy in many of the shots is Deke Meyer. Deke and I (sometimes accompanied by his dog Trout) would target the McKenzie and Willamette during the MB hatches. Deke had a boat so we could access the islands and fishing spots that you can not reach on foot. While most folks focus on the McKenzie, the Willamette is an extremely productive fishery and many see it as a slow-moving, wide, uninviting river when in truth, from a boat, it is quite remote and very fishy. Once you drift away from the populated areas, you may as well be fishing in Alaska. You won't see any houses, power lines or other evidence of human influence. The river is lined with trees and farm lands. Hard to believe that a river which flows through the most populated area of Oregon is actually a secret flyfishing heaven. Anyway, if you're interest, now is the time to fish Mac and Willy with MB patterns. You don't really need a floating craft, but like the Yak, they are best fished from a drift boat or river capable pontoon boat. There are plenty of boat ramps along both rivers. If you're interested in a destination fishery, right now I'd recommend the McKenzie and Willamette. The MB hatch normally starts at 2:00 PM. (before that time, use size 16 BWO patterns) Cheers!