Metolius River

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7 30 year

Importance by half-month
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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

► Blue-winged olive hatches should be on the upswing during the month. Watch for midday hatches. 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 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

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


► Bull trout are present. Large streamers are needed, such as a Morrish Sculpin. Work your fly near structure such as rocky points, logs, and other ambush points that bull trout might use. A 200 grain sink tip on a seven weight rod is a good idea. This is the only Oregon stream where you can fish for bull trout and not get arrested or feel guilty; it's catch-and-release.

► The silver stripe caddis (think of an October caddis that hatches in spring) can be active in February. 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.

► You could see some Cinygmula hatches this month on warmer days. They will fade if cooler weather returns, but be prepared.

March browns could make an appearance if February's weather is mild. 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.

► February offers good but difficult opportunities for fly anglers. Fishing will be best on mild days when the temperature reaches the high 40s. Trout, whitefish, and bull trout are available.

► 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 noon to 2:00 p.m., with marginal fishing an hour either side of that.

► Nymphing will be the most productive tactic for rainbow trout. Golden stonefly nymphs are useful, as are small Prince nymphs. A good two-nymph rig consists of one of these flies on the point and a size-18 Pheasant Tail on a dropper. Remember, no lead on the leader when fishing the Metolius.


► Generally, you can expect plowed roads as far as the hatchery, but not below that point.

► The river is open all year below Allingham Bridge.
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