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What to Expect in April
Hatches divided by half-month.
Super Major Minor Slight None
Expect Cinygmula mayflies at midday. Try a size 16 cream-colored or yellow-tan Sparkle Dun . Blue-winged olives are also hatching, and a Sparkle Dun , Parachute Baetis , or Baetis Cripple in size 18-20 is a good choice. Both hatches occur at midday.
Look for a large orange caddis. You'll swear it's an October caddis that got trapped in a time warp, but it's a near relative called the silver-striped sedge; same genus as the big October caddis, though. An orange-bodied Stimulator, Elk Hair Caddis , or Parachute Caddis would be one choice; about size 8. A better choice is a pupa pattern such as a Bird of Prey. These bugs are on their way out and will probably not be important by mid-month.
Smaller caddis--size 16--will be available on warm days. A tan or olive X Caddis works well here.
March browns hatch here, too, if the weather is mild this month. But before you tie on a March brown imitation, make sure the trout are actually taking them. Just because it's hatching, it doesn't mean the trout care.
Red Serendipities and other midge pupa/larva pattern should be in your box. Midges are often of marginal importance here, but there are times when the imitations will work. Watch hatches carefully: what you may think is a blue-winged olive hatch may actually be midges. Carry some Griffiths Gnats as well as Sprout Midges for a dry fly option.
With more daylight, anglers can fish longer and may run into some evening events. Look for size 16 caddis and falls of blue-winged olive spinners as dusk approaches.
For more information on April fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report
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