The ODFW has not stocked the Fall in some time, and as a result the fish have been selective and can be tricky to fool. There are good numbers of fish holding in the system and it is absolutely worth making the drive, just be prepared to fish smaller flies and light tippet as the fish that have stayed around have seen a good number of flies. Nymphing will be the most productive approach on most days, it’s pretty important to use small indicators and fluorocarbon to achieve the proper presentation. As the weather continues to cool we will start to see BWOs more consistently, and dry fly fishing can be pretty good on cool, overcast days. We like to take advantage of any chance we get to fish dries on the Fall, sometimes it’s the only way to get the light presentation that the selective fish require. This being said, there are times where a well-placed Wooly Bugger or Streamer pattern is just what those big Rainbows are looking for. We saw good numbers of fish through the winter last year, and had some great days enjoying uncrowded conditions and solid fishing through the Winter.
Suggested Dries: Sparkle Dun BWO #18-20, Parachute BWO #18-20, Sparkle Dun PMD #16-18, Tilt Wing PMD #16-18, Hackle Stacker #16-18, Parachute Adams #16-18, Purple Haze #16-18, CDC Flying Ant #16, A/C Caddis #16-18, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18
Suggested Nymphs: Micro Mayfly #16-20, Two Bit Hooker #16-20, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail #16-20, Olive Soft Hackle #16-20, Tailwater Tiny #18-22, Black Rainbow Warrior #18-22, Black or Purple Zebra Midge #18-22, Black Beadwing Midge #18-22, Black Lightning Bug #16-20