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What to Expect in March
Hatches divided by half-month.
Super Major Minor Slight None
As we get into the longer daylight and warmer days of March, you can expect more consistent hatches of blue-winged olives . Look for them around 1:00-1:30 (standard time). If they're hatching, toss a size 18 olive Sparkle Dun or Parachute Baetis .
If you see big orange caddis flying around, don't assume you overslept and that it's now fall again. The Metolius sees some silver stripe caddis (an October caddis cousin) in the spring. Carry a few big, orange dry flies in size 8 with you, but pupa patterns, such as the Bird of Prey (available at The Fly Fisher's Place) work best.
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.
Midge hatches are still a factor in March. Red Serendipities and other pupa/larva pattern should be in your box. 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.
Bull trout are still active. Target them now before they migrate to Lake Billy Chinook.
For more information on March fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report
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Other Info Sources
The Caddis Fly Angling Shop 541-342-7005
Camp Sherman Store and Fly Shop 541-595-6711
Confluence Fly Shop 541-678-5351
Fly and Field Outfitters 541-318-1616
The Fly Fisher's Place 541-549-3474