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Metolious River

Metolious River Fly Fishing

Metolious River Fishing Reports

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 info@flyandfield.com.

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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

Flavilinea

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 /
Evening
Pheasant Tail Nymph 16-18 Afternoon /
Evening
Parachute PMD 14-16 Afternoon /
Evening
Hi Vis Para PMD 14-16 Afternoon /
Evening

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

Midge

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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Metolius River/Grandview7 day30 day120 Day1.7318608:00 pm

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