MCKENZIE FEED AND TACKLE, LLC - MCKENZIE TACKLE GUIDE SERVICE
September 14, 2019
By Dan Purkey
In February of 2010, Chris and Michelle Wright officially became the owners of the McKenzie Feed and Tackle store, subsequently adding the McKenzie Tackle Guide Service (which is a passion of Chris since casting into a large yellow Tonka truck in his front yard at a very early age)!
Transplanting from Dallas, Texas, Michelle met Chris at Thurston High School, became best of friends, married in 2009 and gave birth to a beautiful little girl: Sterling! Chris and his mom (Dani) learned the business originally from Carol Brooks (Walterville Feed and Tackle), later Dani began (and still owns) the McKenzie Feed and Pet Supply store in Springfield (where Chris’ education continued).
After several events (Jennifer buying the Walterville Feed and Tackle store from Carol, Michelle leaving the auto supply business with a wealth of office knowledge and Chris ready to launch out on his own) Chris and Michelle went into business partnership together to purchase the feed and tackle store from Jennifer.
As one customer said, “Awesome people to do business with…very knowledgeable and helpful…oh, did I mention their awesome dogs! Friendly atmosphere…”
“ At the shop we specialize in high quality pet food and fishing tackle catered to our area rivers,” the Wrights explain. “We have a nice fly shop…leaders, tippets, floatant, etc…and … rods and reels.” They also tell me that Erika is indispensable in working with them and giving them time for family and to pursue their passions.
Speaking of passions, in addition to family and their church involvement, Michelle loves crafting, reading and flower arranging. Did I mention hunting and fishing for Chris!!? If you are wanting an experienced guide (who grew up in the area) for fly fishing on the McKenzie, or salmon, steelhead, sturgeon or smallmouth bass elsewhere; then you need to contact Chris at 541-913-5963 – [email protected]
For all of your pet supply needs, fishing tackle or questions (and maybe even purchasing some baby chicks!), please stop by at the McKenzie Feed and Tackle store – 39355 McKenzie Hwy. Springfield – 541-741-0191.