Metolius River, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Metolius River, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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The Metolius can be a fickle river even in the best of conditions so the more hours you spend on this peice of water will pay off in the long run. Keeping your eyes peeled for rising fish. An active fish in the Met. can be a fish that rises every 2-3 minutes. So when you see a fish rise, stick around to see if it stays active. Most all hatches happen in mid to late-day. No need to be on the river early. Enjoy a cup of coffee and hit it hard starting around 11 a.m. If you want to target bull trout, try dead drifting a large streamer such as the double bunny and/or strip streamers along the banks and under logs.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
4 / 23 / 2013
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Metolius River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Deep Canyon Outfitters

Water flow: 1970

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 53 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Middle of the day to evening

Best stretch: Allingham Bridge to Lake Creek gives you the greatest diversity of insect life... golden stoneflies are fished best here on this stretch.

Best access point: Allingham Bridge, Wizard Falls Hatchery, Bridge 99

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

The river is open all year below Allingham Bridge. Winter fishing is sporadic, but it's available. Because the Metolius is spring-fed, it's seldom affected by winter storms. On the other hand, it is at a high elevation and the cold air temperature can make a difference. As the temperature drops to near freezing or below, the best fishing will be from noon to 2:00 p.m., with marginal fishing an hour either side of that. The Metolius is near the Cascade crest, so it gets mountain weather in winter. Because it's spring-fed, the Metolius is a good option when storms have blown-out other rivers. The best strategy is to check the weather: if it's a gray, windy, low-pressure-system day, then drive to the Crooked River; if the wind isn't bad and the temperature in the high 40s are more, then fish the Metolius. (And if it's clear with temperatures in the teens, stay home by the fire and tie flies.) Golden stonefly nymphs, blue-winged olives (dry and nymph), and midge patterns are useful. The best fishing will be from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with marginal fishing an hour either side of that. When fishing either dry or wet, put a midge pupa pattern, such as a CDC Bubble Brassie, on a dropper. Egg Flies may also work as the whitefish start to spawn. Bull trout fishing should be decent.

Fish species: Rainbow Trout, Bull Trout, Whitefish

Fishing season: Year Round on most of the Metolius (Prime: May 1 - October 31)

Nearest airport: Roberts Field Airport (RDM), Redmond, Oregon

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Techniques & Tips

Small mayfly nymphs off the back of something heavy like a double beaded stone will produce on the rainbows and whitefish. Golden stoneflies, BWOs, and Midges might provide action. Crippled patterns fish extremely well on cold water spring creeks, as trout are accustomed to seeing hatching insects trapped for longer periods of time in their emerging stages.

7-Day Forecast

Water levels stay in relatively good shape. Being a spring creek, the Metolius stays quite constant in flow and temp. With the temperature rising a few degrees expect to see more activity on the surface.

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