There are still plenty of fish in the Fall, although they are spreading throughout the system and not quite as concentrated as they have been since the ODFW concluded their stocking for the year. Nymphing is the name of the game on most days, and attractor patterns like San Juan Worms and Mop Flies are getting the job done along with the small Mayfly and Midge Patterns we like to use as the fish get more selective. We’ve been using lighter tippet as the fish in the Fall have seen a lot of flies and are much more leader shy than they typically are when fresh into the system. 5X or 6X Fluoro is our go-to tippet for now, even when the fish are eating dries they’re typically looking for very small Midges or BWOs and light tippet is a necessity for those who hope to bring a nice fish to the surface. Look for hatches to be most predominant on overcast days, dropping a light nymph or emerger pattern behind a dry can also help get into fish when they are really selective. Those who are fishing buggers, leeches, and streamers can still get away with heavy tippet, and have been finding some big, aggressive Rainbows looking for a decent sized meal.
Suggested Dries: Purple Haze #16-20, Parachute Adams #16-20, Sparkle Dun BWO #16-20, Carlson’s Olive Haze #16-18, BWO Hackle Stacker #16-18, Tilt Wing BWO #16-20, Tilt Wing Mahogany #16-18
Suggested Nymphs: Micro Mayfly #16-20, Olive or Hare’s Ear Anato-May #16-20, Copper Microstone #14-18, Red or Black Copper John #16-18, Red or Black Lightning Bug #16-18, Pearl or Black Rainbow Warrior #16-18, Red or Purple San Juan Worm, Tan or Grey Ray Charles #16-18