Metolius River

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4 pm
2.12/2200 ↑
7 30 year

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

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


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

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


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

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly


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

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly


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

runs, slowish riffles: surface swing

► Emerging duns collect in mini-backeddies near the bank and downstream from logs or rocks; that is where trout will be waiting for them. This hatch should improve throughout the month, if the weather is not too cold.

► Prior to the hatch, try a two-nymph rig with a golden stonefly nymph and a size 18 Pheasant Tail.

► Blue-winged olive hatches should be on the upswing during the month. Watch for hatches around 2:00-2:30 (daylight time). In the absense of a hatch, present a small nymph, such as a size-18 Pheasant Tail, near the bottom. Team that fly with a golden stonefly nymph.


Size 14-16 Hairwing Dun, Comparadun, Sparkle Dun. Red-brown, Olive-brown

Just below moderate-fast runs: standard dry fly

► Match with a size-16 cream-colored Sparkle Dun, Light Cahill, or similar fly. Hatches are midday.


Size 10-14 Soft Hackle, Quigley Cripple, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Tan to red-brown body, brown wing

Near riffles, flats: surface swing


Size 10-14 Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun, Comparadun. Tan to red-brown body, brown wing

Near riffles, flats: standard dry fly


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


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

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

► Late in the month, look for size-16 tan or olive caddis as dusk approaches.


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

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


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


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

► Red pupa patterns should be in your fly box.

► Watch hatches carefully: what you may think is a blue-winged olive hatch may actually be midges.


► The silver stripe caddis (think of an October caddis that hatches in spring) can be active in March. Trout are more responsive to a pupa patterns, such as the Morrish October caddis pupa, than to an adult.

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

► Fishing will be best on mild days when the temperature reaches the high 40s or more.

► 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 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (daylight time), with marginal fishing an hour either side of that.


► The river is open all year below Allingham Bridge. Water above Allingham will not be open until May 22.
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