The Metolius has fished well throughout the Fall, and the productive fishing has not wavered with the first taste of Winter and snow that we’ve seen in the past week. Most of the action is subsurface, but some sporadic Blue Wing hatches are bringing fish to the surface at times. We’ve been seeing a short hatch mid-day, and usually the fish are only keyed in on the emergers and adults for a short time but if you’re prepared there is opportunity to find a nice Redside on the dry. The cloudy days and precipitation in the forecast should improve BWO activity. The nymphing has been great and we’ve gotten reports of consistent trout fishing as well as quite a few Bulls coming on the nymph rig. The standard rig comprised of a big Stonefly and small Mayfly pattern should be all one needs to get into a few fish up on the Metolius right now. With all the Bulls in the system right now big streamers are also a valid option for those looking to tangle with big fish. Oftentimes we see the best streamer action on the days with the worst weather, so those who are willing to brave the elements could see big rewards in the coming days. Depending on the amount of snow we see, road access will become a factor going forward through the Winter. Sometimes we can get down to Lower bridge all Winter long, but some years the road is pretty much inaccessible for several months. Now is the time to get out if you wish to ensure some time on the Metolius before the end of the year!
Suggested Dries: Sparkle Dun BWO #16-20, Hackle Stacker BWO #16-20, Olive Haze #16-18, Purple Haze #16-20, Parachute Adams #16-20, Hi Vis BWO #16-20, Henry’s Fork Caddis #16-20, Nunya’s Midge #20-22
Suggested Nymphs: Lex’s Improved Golden Stone #8-12, Poxyback Golden Stone #10-12, Brown or Black Jimmy Legs #8-12, Jigged Tungsten Hare’s Ear #14-16, Jigged Prince Nymph #14-16, Soft Hackle Hare’s Ear #16-18, Black or Red Lightning Bug #16-18, Black or Red Two Bit Hooker #16-18, Copper John #16-18, Pearl or Black Rainbow Warrior #16-20, Olive Micro Mayfly #16-20, Copper Microstone #14-18