below Bowman Dam
|1 am||572.00/1180||7 30 year|
|1 am||871.00/1690||7 30 year|
blw nr Opal Cty
|7 am||2.24/185||7 30 year|
|1 am||5.10/2980||7 30 year|
What to Expect in April
|Pale morning dun|
|Small black stonefly|
Hatches divided by half-month.
Super Major Minor Slight None
Look for flows under 300 cfs. Flows could increase around mid-month as the irrigation season starts. Watch the river flow chart. If you see a sudden increase, wait a couple of days for it to steady-out before heading over here.
Expect blue-winged olive and midge hatches, and maybe some caddis . On the surface, toss a Sparkle Dun or Parachute Baetis for the first, and a Sprout Midge or a size 20-22 pupa pattern for the midges; a size 16-18 olive or tan Elk Hair Caddis or Parachute Caddis should work for the caddis.
Size 18 Flashback Pheasant Tail nymphs should also do well this month.
Size 14-18 Scuds with an orange tint are always a good option (scuds get an orange-colored parasite in their body, and studies have proved that trout key-in on that feature). Dead drift your scud near the bottom, or slowly retrieve it in slow water
We are approaching the Mother's Day Caddis season (grannoms ), and that means an increasing number of cased caddis are found in the drift. See Caddis Larvae--Part I for a simple pattern that imitates drifting grannom larvae.
The no-bait, artificials-only season continues through all of April
When the river is pressured, small patterns usually are more productive.
For more information on April fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report
|NOAA, Accuweather, Weather Channel|
Other Info Sources
Confluence Fly Shop 541-678-5351
Fin and Fire 541/548-1503
Fly and Field Outfitters 541-318-1616
The Fly Fisher's Place 541-549-3474
The Hook 541-593-2358
Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters 503-252-1529