What to Expect in March
|Small black stonefly|
Hatches divided by half-month.
Super Major Minor Slight None
Blue-winged olives and midges continue to make appearances, with blue-winged olive hatches starting between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Little brown stoneflies are also present. Fishing will be best on overcast days, and especially when the air temperature is in the mid-40s and it's drizzling just a bit. But if bad days bring out the bugs, nice days bring out the anglers, and the river gets pretty busy when the sun shines. Mid-week crowds are smaller.
Sprout Midges or Griffiths Gnats work during midge hatches. Size 22-26 micro patterns are the best choices. For the blue-winged olives , try Sparkle Duns , Baetis Cripples , and Parachute Baetis in size 20-22. You'll probably need a 7X tippet and a downstream presentation for both midge and blue-winged olive hatches.
Remember, the river is still closed below the falls.
For more information on March fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report