Fall River

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06/01:

Fishing is still good on Fall River, says Bob at Sunriver Fly Shop. Streamers are sill working for some anglers. Expect pale morning dun hatches, but you might find the trout more interested in a nymph than a dry fly; Bob says that's because the trout are lazy! He suggests some local patterns for this spring creek: Lady Di (an attractor), Mr. Peacock, Psycho Nymph.

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


Nymph

Size 16-18 Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear. Olive-brown

Riffles, flats, moderate runs: indicator, tight line, rising nymph, shallow nymph

Emerger

Size 16-18 Sprout Midge, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Pale yellow, light brown, or tan body; light wing

Flats, moderate runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Dun

Size 16-18 Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun, Comparadun. Pale yellow, light brown, or tan body; light wing

Flats, moderate runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

► Hatches will be strongest when the weather stabilizes, which is often not until late in the month.

► Trout can get very selective on PMDs, but it's not a difficult hatch to match with a size 18 imitation. Anglers are more likely to imitate the wrong stage: trout will switch from nymphs to emergers to duns, lingering longer on each stage than most anglers expect.

Pupa

Size 12-18 Soft Hackle, , Deep Sparkle Pupa. Body: tan, green; Shroud: tan

Riffles, runs, just below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph

Adult

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

Egg-layer

Size 12-18 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Body: brown; Wing: black

Riffles, current seams, backeddies below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph, rising nymph

► Look for hatches in the afternoon and evening. Several species are active, so try to match the size and color of whatever is hatching. If you carry adult patterns in size 14 (tan, olive) and size 16-18 (brown or dark gray) you will cover many situations. Throw in some Sparkle Pupas of similar size and color and some size 14-16 brown Soft Hackles; that will cover most caddis situations you will encounter.

Adult

Size 12 Clarks Stonefly, Stimulator, Chubby Chernobyl. Yellow, brown, yellow-brown

Bankwater near foilage: standard dry fly

Trout


► The hatchery area is pretty and accessible and they dump a bunch of really dumb trout in the water every week. But it is not the only place to fish. Be adventurous and travel into the headwaters, or fish below the falls, or pull into any of the numerous turnouts between the headwaters and the hatchery.

► If you don't see rising fish, forget the dry fly and use a small nymph, such as a size-18 Copper John or Pheasant Tail, drifted near the bottom.

► You can expect to find size 10 black flying ants on the water. Carry imitations.

► Running a streamer pattern through the deep pools is a good June strategy.

► Small worm imitations, such a tan San Juan Worm, may pick up fish if drifted near the bottom--especially if there's an angler wading upstream from you.

► Trout should now be spread throughout the river.

► Be prepared for fussy fish. They see lots of anglers all year, so you may need a 6X or 7X tippet, a 50-foot cast, and a downstream presentation when fishing a dry fly. Not every trout that sees your fly is going to take it; deal with it.

► You might see some cream-colored caddis this month. An X Caddis is a good choice for this river.
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Confluence Fly Shop 541-678-5351

Fly and Field Outfitters 541-318-1616

The Fly Fisher's Place 541-549-3474

The Hook 541-593-2358

Sunriver Fly Shop 541-593-8814

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