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 8-12 Hares Ear, Poxyback Green Drake. Brown, Olive-brown


Size 8-12 Green Drake Cripple. Olive body, dark wing


Size 8-12 Green Drake Paradrake. Olive body, dark wing

Slow-moderate runs: standard dry fly

► Even after the hatch season begins, trout will prefer the nymph to the dun for several days before switching to the duns.

► During a hatch, do NOT to blind cast your dry fly. Wait for a trout to rise, then cast to that trout. On the other hand, if there isn't a hatch, you might do well by blind casting a green drake imitation to places where you THINK trout are lying. This strategy can work in the late afternoon when trout are thinking there might be some drakes around even though they haven't seen any yet.

► Early June is green drake time. Most hatches are short--under an hour--and occur sometime between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. although you might see some bugs as early as 1:00. Try a Green Drake Paradrake or a Green Drake Cripple during the hatch, and a Poxyback Green Drake before it begins. Look for hatches from the Wizard Falls area down to Bridge 99 and below.


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

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


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


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

Flats, moderate runs, backeddies: standard dry fly


Size 16-18 Rusty Spinner. Light brownbbody; light wing

Flats, moderate runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

► Hatches will occur sometime between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and can come in waves throughout the day. If you're on the river and see a hatch from 11:00 to noon, and then it fades out--don't leave: another hatch may start a couple of hours later.


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

► Look for size 14-16 tan or olive caddis as dusk approaches. Match them with a tan/olive size 16 X Caddis. The X Caddis is a good choice for this river.


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

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


Bankwater near foilage: standard dry fly, skating

► These represent a large part of the biomass on this river. Nymphs are active this month, and trout are looking for them. Hatches don't get rolling until July.


► When the weather fluctuates between sunny-and-warm and cloudy-and-cool--as it can do in June--fish can be moody and your success unpredictable.

► You will do best with a 4X or 5X tippet when nymphing, and a 6X or even 7X tippet when using a dry fly.

► Small stoneflies--little yellow stoneflies and little green stoneflies--as well as ant patterns are worth carrying; these are an opportunity, not a hatch.


► The river is now open above Allingham Bridge.
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