The Metolius River, here in Central Oregon, is easily one of the most beautiful rivers in the world; few would dispute that. Anyone who has roamed her banks, whether in search of a large trout or just some solitude, would attest to this being a special place filled with all the dimensions that a pristine riparian habitat should have. It’s just that the Metolious River has more of them. From the crystal clear, turquoise blue swirls of water to lush forested banks the Metolious offers fly fishers a diverse landscape with towering pine-covered mountains and many miles to explore. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can get to stretches of this river that see very few footsteps. All of these elements conspire to create an epic river to fish.
The Metolious is a fly fishing only river. In Oregon that regulation has several facets that are meant to purify the practice to a few essential rudiments. One thing it takes away is the use of split shot. Fish the Metolious with a nymph rig for five minutes and you’ll begin to understand how squarely this regulation puts you behind the eight ball. The fish hold in channels, deep undercuts, deeper pools, way out in the middle behind lava outcrops. You will have to look at things a little differently to fool fish sub-surface in the Metolious. There are lead-wrapped flies that help along with sink-tip lines and leaders. Advanced mending techniques will allow the flies to get closer – or you can just sit on the bank and wait for the fish to start rising!
The Metolious is perhaps best known for the run of bull trout that migrate from Lake Billy Chinook every winter. The bull trouts follow the Kokanee salmon and eat both the fish and their eggs. The bull trout are voracious meat eaters. Leave the 5wt home for this fishing. You’ll want a 7 or 8wt that can throw massive streamers sometimes on a sinking line. The bull trout grow to tremendous size, up to double digits in pounds. This is thrilling fishing best done with a buddy who can spot while you cast and vice versa.
There is no professional guiding allowed on the Metolious. But stop into our Bend Oregon Fly Shop as we have our thumb on the pulse of the river and will help you select flies and discuss respective techniques for approaching this spectacular and difficult fishery. We also offer Oregon Fly Fishing trips to surrounding areas. The Metolius River in Central Oregon, is truly a special place that never disappoints for a good day on the water. For more information on fly fishing the Metolious River, check out the latest Metolious fishing reports, call us at 1-866-800-2812, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.