Fishing Reports
  • METOLIUS RIVER
  • November 17th, 2013
    Windy and Rain
    Temperature: 45 ° F 
    Fishing: Excellent
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  • METOLIUS RIVER NEAR GRANDVIEW, OR
  • Flow (cfs): 1960
    Temperature (°F): 46.94
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Metolius River - October 20th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 As Autumn approaches, we begin to see some significant shifts in insect and fish behavior.  That is, primetime dry fly fishing tends to be in the late morning or afternoon, “the heat of the day.”  Sunny days will see caddis and perhaps more intense and diverse mayfly hatches.  Colder, overcast days can see caddis and mayfly hatches, albeit less diverse & the dry fly window can be small.

However, nymphing is always worth the effort as fish still have to continually eat even if there is no hatch and the weather is inclimate. 

The usual suspects for this time of year: Little Green Stone, Caddis, October Caddis, PMDs, BWOs, Mahogany Dun, Midges, Kokanee Egg, Flesh Fly.

Be careful wading…there are many fresh Kokanee redds !!
  Stepping on these will destroy the eggs.  Look for redds in slower, shallow currents, with small pea-sized gravel, especially below riffles and islands.  The fish move substrate around so look for “clean” circles free of river growth.  Also look for basketball sized mound of gravel (referred to as “pillow”) with a small “pit,” or hole just upstream from pillow where fish moved the gravel to burry the eggs.

 
Metolius River - October 10th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
We’ve had some cold mornings but the afternoons have been warm, sunny, and quite pleasant.  Most of the dry fly activity is found in the afternoon and early evenings.  A variety of hatches continue to come off then.  Nymphing is always an option anytime of day.

The usual suspects for this time of year include: BWO, PMD, Little Green Stone, several different caddis species including October Caddis, Mahogany Duns, Midges.

I’m still seeing Golden Stones, Little Yellow Stones, and a few Green Drakes but these insects are fading fast and will probably be gone by the end of October.

The Kokanee have arrived in full force!  They are beginning to get ripe so egg patterns and flesh flies are in the mix as well.

Be careful wading…there are many fresh Kokanee redds !!
  Stepping on these will destroy the eggs.  Look for redds in slower, shallow currents, with small pea-sised gravel, especially below riffles and islands.  The fish move substrate around so look for “clean” circles free of river growth.  Also look for basketball sised mound of gravel (refered to as “pillow”) with a small “pit,” or hole just upstream from pillow where fish moved the gravel to burry the eggs.

 
Metolius River - October 3rd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The big news is the first spawning wild Sockeye Salmon in 45 years have arrived !!  They are not to be targeted or harassed… There has been a lot of time and money invested in reintroducing Sockeye and Spring Chinook back into the system.  All of everyone’s hard work is showing tangible results.  We are hoping to see the first spawning Spring Chinook in 50 years in 2013. EXCITING !!!

October on The Met… Vine Maples and alders bursting with color, Kokanee in the River, Bull Trout lurking, and tremendous insect hatch activity.

We will begin to see some of the summer insects really begin to fade over the next few weeks with nighttime air temps in the 30s.  Don’t worry, it’s a wonderful 65 - 70 degrees during the day with plenty of sun!

The Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, and Green Drakes will begin to wane and by the end of the month, they will be gone til next year… so sad !  However, October caddis, BWOs, PMDs, Mahogany Duns, Caddis, Midges, Green Sallies are still around.

Hatches continue to come off on a daily basis and dry fly fishing is still great, albeit challenging.  With so many natural insects around, the fish can be (and often are) selective.  Make sure you approach every fishing spot fresh and new.  Hatch time and locations can vary.  Insect identification will serve you well.

Kokanee are in the river and spawning.  Please tread lightly and be keep a look out for redds while wading the river… help us ensure the future of these fish !

 
Metolius River - September 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great

Great time to be on The Met.  We were spared most of the smoke that smothered Sisters for a few weeks.  The air is crisp & clean.  

The river has been fishing great.  Still a tough place to fish but September is the time to be here.  Not much has changed from last weeks report.  The usual suspects of insects are on the menu: Golden Stone, PMD, BWO, Caddis, Yellow Sally, Green Sally, Midge, Fall Green Drake, Mahogany Dun, October Caddis, Cinygmula, Kokanee eggs.

Yes, the Kokanee are in the river.  Try flesh flies for Bull Trout along with the usual assortment of rabbit fur streamers for the big guys.  7 wt. rod minimum.

Remember, approach every fishing spot independently.  That is, each fishing spot you come to may have a different assortment of insects.  Natural insect identification and fly selection skills will serve you well, especially when there are multiple insects hatching simultaneously.

 
 
Metolius River - September 19th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
To answer a question I have been getting all week… Camp Sherman has been relatively smoke-free.  The smoke from the wildfire outside of Sisters has barely filtered into Camp Sherman and has not affected the fishing or the hatches on The Metolius River.  In fact, it has felt like a smoke-free oasis the last week.

A day of fishing on The Met, out of the smoke, is well worth it !

The fishing continues to be really good here.  Don’t get me wrong, these ‘Bows are still being fussy because there are about a dozen different insects hatching everyday.  Insect identification and fly selection is important.  But, there are a lot of fish looking for dries.  The bigger fish love the Fall Green Drake and little olive stones.  They are still spooky fish but landing rates definitely are on the upswing…

I have been seeing ALL these bugs at some point everyday: Golen Stone, PMD, PED, BWO, Caddis, Little Yellow Stone, Little Green Stone, Midge, Fall Green Drake, Mahogany Dun, October Caddis. We have over 950 fly patterns in our shop.

Be flexible with your fly selection ! That is, a fly that works in one spot, may not work in another.  Always read each fishing spot independently from one another ! 

 
Metolius River - September 12th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
If you haven’t fished The Met in September, get your butt out here! It is probably my single favorite month to fish all year.  The insect diversity and abundance is off the charts.  Rainbows and Bulls are active.  Kokanee are moving in from Lake Billy Chinook.  If you are dry fly fishing, you will be amazed at the amount of bugs flying around.  Of course such a large menu for the ‘Bows allows them to be very picky and spooky. Use 6x with dries.  Be prepared with multiple patterns of each relevant insect…refusals are common.  I sat in one pool the other day and counted 7 different insects bouncing on the water so bring your best insect identification and fly selection knowledge with you.  Otherwise, it’s a great opportunity to develop these skills that are invaluable fishing The Met.

Looks for all these bugs as we have seen them everyday…there is no magic fly…the key is to identify what exactly the fish are rising to at any given moment, at any given spot on the river...

Golden Stone, PMD, PED, BWO, Caddis, Yellow Sally, Green Sally, Midge, Fall Greek Drake, Mahogany Dun, October Caddis

 
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