Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Eugene, Oregon

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Ethan & Alia Nickel

Ethan Nickel Outfitters


Phone icon541-554-2303 Phone icon808-227-4450 Email iconenickeloutfitters@gmail.com Link iconflyfishoregon.wordpress.com
170 W. 35th Place
Eugene, OR 97405

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The Story

At Ethan Nickel Outfitters, we take pride in providing you with the best guided fly fishing trip possible. Over 18 years of experience, enthusiasm for the sport, as well as a patient, professional, and focused attitude distinguish the service we provide. From the most inexperienced angler to the seasoned veteran, we look forward to helping you improve your skills with expert instruction and to putting you on fish. We are fly fishing guides because we love what we do, and look forward to sharing it with you!

Based in Eugene, OR, at the southern end of the Willamette Valley, we fish many of Oregon's finest trout and steelhead streams including the McKenzie, Willamette, and Umpqua Rivers. We also offer trips seasonally for smallmouth bass and fall chinook salmon on the fly.

We offer trips from one to five days in duration, and can accommodate nearly any size party, from a single angler to large corporate groups. Each boat can fish up to two anglers, for larger groups I work in conjunction with a number of other fishing guides who are all exceedingly competent, seasoned professionals.

We operate the majority of trips out of McKenzie-style drift boats. This safe, stable, and maneuverable craft, expertly rowed by your boatman, offers a comfortable ride and is the perfect platform from which to fish the area's rivers. Additionally, we recently added a jet boat to the fleet and offer jet boat steelhead trips on the Willamette River throughout the summer and fall, as well as the Umpqua River for the winter steelhead run.

Western Oregon is arguably the best place in the country to be a fishing guide. We offer world class flyfishing opportunities year round for an exciting array of species. Come experience what fly fishing in Oregon has to offer!

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

We fish a number of western Oregon's best rivers including the McKenzie River, Willamette and Middle Fork Willamette, North Umpqua, Main Umpqua, Siuslaw River, Lake Creek, among others, most of which are within an hour of the Eugene area or around 2 hours from Portland.

Typical Weather by Season

Late Fall, Winter, and Spring are often rainy in western Oregon, but with as many pleasant days as wet and cold ones. With the proper clothing and rain gear, however, almost any day can be comfortable, particularly with the help of the propane heater systems in our drift boats!

Spring: Typical weather ranges from cool (40s) and rainy to warm (low 70s) and sunny. It is good to be prepared for anything this time of year.

Summer: Though it rains a good deal in Oregon at times, summers are usually warm (highs in the mid 70s-90s) and dry. Though we rarely get much rain in the summer, it is not a good idea to go fishing in western Oregon without a rain jacket.

Fall: Starting sometime in October some rainy weather generally starts to creep back in. Fall weather ranges from warm and sunny (highs in the 60s and 70s) to wet and cooler. Often the clouds that fall brings make for some of the best summer steelhead and trout fishing of the season.

Winter: Typical low temperatures on winter days are in the mid 30s and 40s, though freezing temperatures first thing in the morning are not uncommon. Afternoon highs usually range from the low 40s to low 60s. Don't let the cooler temperatures of winter scare you off. Winter steelheading is awesome!

Sample of Typical Trip

Day trips are typically around 8 hours in duration. We will meet up somewhere adjacent to the stretch of river we will fish for the day.

Trout fishing trips: meet time is usually between 8 and 9 am. The rivers in our area fish best by boat, so waders aren't necessary.

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