Metolius River




► 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.

► Bull trout are present. Large streamers are needed, such as a Morrish Sculpin. Work your fly near structure such as rocky points, logs, and other ambush points that bull trout might use. A 200 grain sink tip on a seven weight rod is a good idea. This is the only Oregon stream where you can fish for bull trout and not get arrested or feel guilty; it's catch-and-release.

► You will do best with a 4X or 5X tippet when nymphing, and a 6X tippet when using a dry fly.

Midges could make an appearance and stimulate the interest of a trout or two, so be prepared with pupa or emerger patterns.

► You might see a blue-winged olive hatch, so be prepared with emerger and adult flies that match. Later in the month the blue-wings will gather steam and trout fishing will improve.

► January is generally a slow time for trout fishing on the Metolius. Cold weather slows the fishing to a crawl. But--if you can get there--you can still pick up an occasional trout, especially during the "heat of the day" from noon to 2:00. Trout, whitefish, and bull trout are available.

► Nymphing will be the most productive tactic for rainbow trout. Golden stonefly nymphs are useful, as are small Prince nymphs. A good two-nymph rig consists of one of these flies on the point and a size-18 Pheasant Tail on a dropper. Remember, no lead on the leader when fishing the Metolius.


► The river is open all year below Allingham Bridge.

► Generally, you can expect plowed roads as far as the hatchery, but not below that point.


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