Metolius River

River Levels

GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
7 am
1.36/1560
44.4
7 30 year

 

Recent Reports

08/25:

Fishing has been good, with hatches of pale morning duns, caddis, and yellow sally stoneflies. Be prepared for blue-winged olive spinner falls. Some anglers are picking up bull trout on white streamers, according to The Fly Fisher's Place in Sisters.

 

Major Hatches for September

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

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


Nymph

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

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

Emerger

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

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Dun

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

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Spinner

Size 16-20 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Dark body

runs, slowish riffles: surface swing

► Sporadic hatches may occur late in the month.

Nymph

Riffles, moderate-fast runs: indicator, tight line, shallow nymph

Emerger

Size 12-14 Green Drake Cripple, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Light olive body, dark wing

Runs below riffles and moderate-fast runs: standard dry fly

Dun

Size 12-14 Comparadun, Sparkle Dun, Green Drake Paradrake, Hairwing Dun. Light olive body, dark wing

Slow-moderate runs: standard dry fly

► These are smaller cousins of the big green drakes (Drunella grandis), and you can use the same patterns but in size 14.

► Look for hatches downstream from the canyon area (below Pine Rest campground).

► The small western green drakes (Drunella flavilinea and Drunella coloradensis) are hard to tell apart, so Westfly lumps them together as Flavs. They should show up around mid-month.

Adult

Size 12-18 Goddard Caddis, X Caddis, Parachute Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis. Body: brown, green, dark gray; Wing: tan, brown

► Some size 14-18 caddis can be expected near dusk, with the smaller caddis being dominant.

► Evening fly anglers should try a size-18 olive or gray X Caddis.

Nymph

Size 6-8 Kaufmanns Stonefly, Rubber Legs. Tan, yellow-tan

Riffles, moderate-fast runs; just below these: indicator, tight line

Adult

Bankwater near foilage: standard dry fly, skating

► Adults may still be present in the upper river early in the month.

Pupa

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

Adult

Size 10-22 Griffiths Gnat, Sprout Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

 

September Tips

Trout


► An overlooked hatch here is little yellow stoneflies. They can hang around for most of September. A size 14-16 Parachute Caddis or equivalent, with an olive body, will imitate them.

 

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