Fall River

Recent Reports


Fred at The Hook says, "Plenty of fish to be caught down around the Falls and/or the Hatchery Grounds. Mid-day to evening will be best fishing time!" Matching hatches is always a good idea, but don't forget standard attractor patterns such as Purple Haze and Adams. These can be producers when no hatch is going on. Bob at Sunriver Fly Shop notes that fishing is better than normal for this time of year, and that--despite all the spring creek match-the-hatch-iness, size 10 Lady Di (a local pattern) catches a lot of trout on the surface.


Anglers report good fishing with caddis and midge patterns.


Major Hatches for September

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Size 16-20 Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear. Brown, brown-olive

Moderate runs, just below riffles: indicator, tight line, rising nymph


Size 16-20 Sprout Midge, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly


Size 16-20 Sparkle Dun, Comparadun, Hairwing Dun. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

► These will become important as the month progresses. Cloudy, drippy weather--if we get any this month--will stimulate the blue-wings. If it's sunny, look for them in areas where shadows fall on the water.

► Nymphs can be productive before, during, and after a blue-wing hatch, and even when there is no hatch that day.


Size 12-16 Quigley Cripple, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Red-brown body, gray wing

Bankwater, backeddies, slow runs: standard dry fly


Size 12-16 Comparadun, Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun. Red-brown body, gray wing

Bankwater, backeddies, slow runs: standard dry fly

► These mayflies migrate to slow water before emerging, and hatches usually take place in the slow margins of the river. Trout are in no hurry to sip the duns, and rises are usually lazy, head-and-tail affairs. Because the action is in quiet water, your approach and casts need to be stealthy. The best strategy is to wait until you see a rise, then cast to that trout. Blind casting usually just puts the fish down. Let your cast settle gently on the water and avoid lining the trout. You may need a downstream presentation.


Size 10-22 Chans Chironomid Pupa, Zebra Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

► Be prepared for midge hatches in the early morning hours and at dusk.

► When trout are midging, a Sprout Midge or Griffiths Gnat can work well, but a pupa pattern is always a good choice.

► Trout can be very picky about size and color of the pupa. You may need to swap flies several times to find the right combination. You can speed up this process by fishing two pupa at once and noting which one the trout show more interest in.


September Tips


► Prime areas are below the falls, around the hatchery, and near the campground at the headwaters.

Flavs are a possibility early in the month, and you should be prepared just in case you encounter them.

► Terrestrials are also a factor on this river, so you might try an Ant or a Morrish Hopper. Margin areas will be the most productive places to cast these flies. The closer you get to the bank, the better your chances.

► When nothing is hatching, go with a standard nymph such as a Pheasant Tail, tan San Juan Worm, etc.


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Other Info Sources

Confluence Fly Shop 541-678-5351

Fly and Field Outfitters 541-318-1616

The Fly Fisher's Place 541-549-3474

The Hook 541-593-2358

Sunriver Fly Shop 541-593-8814