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Metolius River
March 07 . 14

Metolius River High

    The Metolius River being close to the Cascades, unfortunately gets the worse of the storms. Heavy rain from last week bumped the Metolius River level to above 3,000 cfs. The Met is on the drop now and currently at 2850 cfs. Even though the water is high, fishing is still plenty doable. Streamers and nymphing would be the best option in these conditions. Keep an eye on the water levels. It shouldn't be long until the river is back to normal levels.
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February 25 . 14

Metolius Report

    The Metolius continues to fish great. Bull trout fishing has been excellent at times. Heavy streamers and small nymphs will work. Some good patterns to use are: Flashback Pheasant Tails, Eggs, Tungsten Stonefly Nymph, San Juan Worm, Copper John, Dali Lama, Dream Catcher, and Sparkle Minnow.
    Trout fishing is hit or miss. Some days bug activity can be through the roof and other days your stuck  looking at the scenery which is terrible on the Metolius. Bwo's, Caddis, October Caddis, and Midges can all be present. Bwo's have been consistently coming off typically between 12 and 4 pm. Watch the eddies carefully. There might just be a nose slurping bugs. The water level is pretty much back to normal flows. The Metolius can be a great option, especially during the middle of winter.

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January 30 . 14

Bullies of the Metolius River

    Bull Trout are throughout the lower system of the Metolius river. Bulls can be easily spotted in runs or in tight to the bank. Normally when you spot one there is another close by. Throwing large streamers and large I mean, as large as you can throw can pay off. There have been plenty of instances where Bulls will eat other small rainbows and whitefish. Good movement in how you present your streamers can make a huge difference. Twitching, stripping, pausing, and swinging are all good ways to entice Bulls to crush your streamer. Using sink tips can also make a huge difference. Nymphing for trout can produce Bulls as well. Pheasant tails, wd40's, rainbow warrior's and egg patterns are great patterns to use.
    Trout fishing is hit or miss. Keep a close watch on back eddies. Typically bows will hang in the eddies looking for midges, and blue wing olives. The trout are awesome on the Metolius and truley are beautiful fish. The rainbows can be picky. Fluorocarbon tippet and fine presentations are a must for catching these fish. The Metolius River never disappoints even if you come home with a goose egg. Enjoy!
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January 14 . 14

Metolius River is a great Winter Fishery

    Ah yes the Metolius River. The Metolius River is also one of those fisheries that is in the category of head scratching. Head scratching in the means of where are the fish? Why is there bug after bug floating down the foam line not being eaten? Being persistent and patient are some of the best ways to conqueor the Metolius. Winter time can be actually a fantastic time to fish the Met. Bull Trout are around willing to eat nymphs and streamers and decent hatches can happen at a moments notice. Cover lots of water and keep changing flies if nothing is happening. The fish have to eat! Patterns to try this time of year are: Bwo's, Pmd's, Small Caddis, Pyscho Prince, Flashback PT, Egg Patterns, and Large Streamers.
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January 06 . 14

Metolius River Report

    The Metolius River has been fishing decent for Bull trout and Rainbows. Bull trout fishing on the Met can be a blast. If your a steelhead junkie who is all about the grab and the swing, Bulls will viciously eat a swung streamer. Bull trout are predators that have no problem going after flies or fish the same size. Switch rods or 7 to 8 weight single handers with a sink tip and a streamer is the way to go after the bulls. If you don't want to throw out your rotator cuff throwing a weighted eight inch fly, switch or spey rods can help. Nymphing is also a fantastic choice this time of year. Little egg patterns, psycho princes, pheasant tails, and zebra midges can entice Bulls and Rainbows. Dry fly activity is super sporadic this time of year. Midges and Bwo's would be the best bet.
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October 27 . 13


    The word on the street is Bull Trout fishing has been great on the Metolius. Streamers have been producing and the bigger the better! If you are looking to effectively streamer fish, an eight weight rod, heavy flies, and sink tips can all help for getting more hook-ups. Don't hesitate throwing streamers as big as 8 inches long. Nymphing can be just as effective using heavy tungsten nymphs with small droppers. The Bulls will eat small nymphs like a trout. Pheasant tails, serendipitys, egg patterns, and wd40's are all good choices.
    Trout fishing can be great in October down there. Bwo's, October Caddis, and Mahogany Duns are the main hatches going on this time of year. This weather on top of it all has been perfect. I wouldn't miss out on these last warm bonus days and a chance at catching some big bulls on streamers.
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October 08 . 13

Metolius River Report

    The Metolius River can be one of the better fisheries during October. Numbers of Bull Trout are increasing as the Kokanee and Bulls follow their way up the Metolius from Lake Billy Chinook. Streamer fishing for the Bulls can be high excitement! Bull Trout are predators and have no problem eating a 6 to 8 inch streamer. Eight weight rods and sink tips are ideal for chasing Bulls. We have a solid selection of streamers here in the shop that would fish great for Bulls.
    On the other side of things, Trout fishing has been pretty good. Lots of bugs are hatching. Expect Bwo's, Midges, Caddis, and possibly a few lingering Fall Drakes and Pmd's.
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September 14 . 13

September on the Metolius

    September can be an awesome time to be on the Metolius river. The bug diversity can be insane in September! Fall Green Drakes, Caddis, Pmd's, Bwo's, Mahogany Duns, Yellow Sally, and you get the point. Make sure to have a good selection of these bugs especially if the trout key into one particular. The best time to be out there for dry fly action would be during the warmest part of the day and evening. Look in the eddies and riffles for fish actively feeding. Nymphing can be productive when nothing is going on. Using stonefly nymphs can be a great way to get down and for a top fly. Caddis Pupa's, Pheasamt Tails, Wd40, and Serendipity's should also produce. 

    Bull trout numbers are increasing due to the run of fish that are coming into the river from the lake. Down Below Bridge 99 can be good for targeting the lake fish. There are resident Bulls in the upper river too. This is the time to throw streamers. Using sink tips can be an advantage for getting down deeper and in front of more fish. The Bull trout will also take nymphs. Nymphing for trout can catch the Bulls too! Get on out there! Can't catch fish on the couch when watching football. Go Ducks and Beavers!  
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July 28 . 13
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Summertime Blues

   The Metolius is one of those places where you don't give a damn if you catch a fish or not. The natural beauty of the met is unreal. Beautiful rivers normally have beautiful fish as well. The Metolius is such a diverse fishery. Rainbows, Browns, Bull Trout, Kokanne Salmon, and in the near future hopefully some Chinook and Steelhead. Golden Stones are around on the upper river. Caddis and Pmd's have been coming off too. Late afternoon to last light can be one of the best times. Fish will feed in the eddies on spinners and spent caddis. Nymphing hares ears, pheasant tails, caddis pupas, and other mayfly nymphs have been producing. This is such a beautiful time on the Metoilus so get on out there.
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Metolius River

The Metolius River is one of the most beautiful rivers in the northwest and a must see body of water. A visit to the headwaters of the Metolius is a not soon forgotten Read More... trip. The river is spring-fed and flows out of the ground at the base of Black Butte. Being spring-fed, the river flows at a constant rate and temperature of 48 degrees. The Metolius is noted for year round insect hatches and difficult fly fishing. Midges hatch year round and Blue-winged Olives and small caddis can be seen in the depth of winter. A hatch of March Browns appears from mid-February to April and the Green Drake hatch from late May to July will bring large redband rainbows to the surface. An angler needs to spend hours learning the unique aspects of fishing the river, but every minute spent on the river is a minute remembered. In 1996 the stocking of rainbow trout was stopped and the river is now managed as wild fish only. The Metolius River is designated fly fishing only and all fish must be released. Portions of the river are open year round for fishing. Large resident bull trout can be teased to take a large articulated leach, sculpin flies and large streamers. In some cases the bull trout may also take the 10” native whitefish you are battling to bring to hand. Bull trout range up to 15 pounds, and 4 to 6 pound bull trout are common. In September the kokanee enter the river from Lake Billy Chinook for their annual spawning run. The mountain white fish is abundant throughout the river and a few brown and brook trout are taken each year. Portions of the river are open year for fishing No commercial guiding is allowed on the Metolius River. Often times you will see Fly and Field Outfitter guides and store staff on the Metolius River because it is just a good place to be on your day off. If you have any questions about the Metolius River just give us a call, we always love to talk about our precious METOLIUS.


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Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. West wind around 10 mph.

Apr 18
Mostly Sunny
Winds: 10 mph
Humidity: 88%
Dew Point: 25°
Chance Precip: 17%
Apr 19
Partly Cloudy
Winds: 5 mph
Humidity: 77%
Dew Point: 26°
Chance Precip: 1%
Apr 20
Partly Cloudy
Winds: 14 mph
Humidity: 89%
Dew Point: 24°
Chance Precip: 19%
Apr 21
Mostly Cloudy
Winds: 6 mph
Humidity: 89%
Dew Point: 30°
Chance Precip: 10%
Apr 22
Winds: 9 mph
Humidity: 87%
Dew Point: 32°
Chance Precip: 49%

Metolius River

Blue-Winged Olive

Pheasant Tail Nymph 16-20 Afternoon
Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph 16-18 Afternoon
Para BWO 16-18 Afternoon
Hi Vis Para BWO 16-18 Afternoon
Parachute Adams 16-18 Afternoon

Green Drake

Poxyback Green Drake Nymph 10 Afternoon
Green Drake Wulff 10-12 Afternoon
Trina's Carnage Drake 10-12 Afternoon


Hare's Ear Olive Nymph 12-14 Afternoon
Olive Haze 12-14 Afternoon

Pale Morning Dun

Pheasant Tail Nymph 16-18 Morning
Hare's Ear Nymph 16-18 Morning
Parachute PMD 14-16 Morning
Para Wulff PMD 14-16 Morning
High Vis Para PMD 14-16 Morning

Pale Evening Dun

Hare's Ear Nymph 16-18 Afternoon /
Pheasant Tail Nymph 16-18 Afternoon /
Parachute PMD 14-16 Afternoon /
Hi Vis Para PMD 14-16 Afternoon /

Mahogany Dun

Pheasent Tail Nymph 14 Mid Morning
Compara Dun Mahogany 14 Mid Morning
Compara Dun Purple 16 Mid Morning

Western Sedge

Drifting Cased Caddis Larva 18-20 Afternoon
Peeking Caddis Pupa 18-20 Afternoon
Sparkle Pupa Green 18-20 Afternoon
Elk Hair Caddis Olive 18-20 Afternoon

October Caddis

Super Pupa Amber 8-10 Evening
Tungsten Oct Caddis 8-10 Evening
X Stimulator Orange 8-10 Evening
Norm's Wood 8-10 Evening

Cased Caddis

Hairs Ear Soft Hackle 14-16 Afternoon
Elk Hair Caddis Brown 14-18 Afternoon
X Caddis Tan 14-18 Afternoon

Net-Builder Caddis

Krystal Flash Pupa Olive 14-16 Afternoon
Spakle Pupa Green 14-16 Afternoon
Elk Hair Caddis Olive 14-18 Afternoon
X Caddis Olive 14-18 Afternoon

Rock Worm Caddis

Caddis Larva Olive 14-16 Afternoon
S's BH Pupa Olive 14-16 Afternoon
BH Serendipity 14-16 Afternoon
Olive Elk Hair Caddis 14-16 Afternoon
Outrigger Caddis Olive 14-16 Afternoon

Golden Stonefly

Dobuble Bead Golden Stone Nymph 6-10 Afternoon
Copper Back Golden Stone Nymph 6-10 Afternoon
Henry's Fork Golden Stone 6-10 Afternoon
Norm's Wood Special 6-10 Afternoon

Yellow Sally Stonefly

Little Yellow Sloan Nymph 12-14 Afternoon
Kyle's BH CH Yellow Sally 12-14 Afternoon
Slow Water Sally 14-16 Afternoon

Winter Black Stonefly

AP Nymph Black 16 Afternoon
Stimulator Black 16 Afternoon


Biot Midge Pupa 18-22 Afternoon
Winkers Midge 18-22 Afternoon
Idyle's CDC Midge 18-22 Afternoon
Hatching Midge 18-22 Afternoon

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