Fishing Reports

3 reports total
Metolius River - March 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Snow showers
  • 34 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair

       I had a couple of hours to kill on Tuesday so a friend and I ran out for a quick trip to the Metolius.  Despite the recent snow, the road conditions weren’t bad down to the hatchery with only a few patches of snow and ice, although below the hatchery didn’t look like it had been plowed.  The weather was chilly but not uncomfortably cold and even with some mid day snow flurries it never got cold enough for me to put on my gloves.

We were mostly chasing Bull Trout but a nice mid day BWO hatch had me hoping for some surface activity from the rainbows but I never saw any bugs being taken on top. I did manage to land a smaller bull on a small BWO emerger pattern fished deep behind a nymph but for the most part they ignored our streamers. Towards the end of the day we both managed to hook up and lose nicer bulls while nymphing. As they often do the trout remained elusive but it was still a great day on the Metolius.

Ira Miller
Metolius River - March 5th, 2009
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
  Hey all you fly guys and gals, Jay here with a little fishing tale to tell.  I went out on Tuesday afternoon to get a line wet.  My intentions were to catch my first riser of the year.  So I packed up and headed south per Reeds suggestion hearing that fish were taking BWO’s on the Fall River.  Well, I got as far as Lava Butte.  I was driving straight into to blizzard conditions.  I thought, “Forgging Reed.”  Now I am willing to endure almost any conditions for steelhead, but for trout…not quite.  I turned the truck around and headed to the Metolius.  It was a good call.  When I got to the spot I wanted to fish, the sun was out and the bugs were poppin.  There were big mayflies coming off, size 14’s and 16’s.  They were very light in color, very similar to a PMD, so I put on a PMD with a PMD emerger.  Right as I finished rigging up, dark clouds moved in and it started to hail.  That lasted about two minutes then stopped instantly, and in the calm that followed, the fish started to rise…like crazy.  I positioned myself and made about 10 casts before the first fish.  A nice 14 inch rainbow.  Then about 15 minutes later, another rainbow around 16 inches.  They both took the dry.  After that, the hatch was over as quick as it began.  I nymphed the rest of the time and hook about a half dozen more fish but only landed two of them.  You gotta love the challenge of fishing small barbless flies.  The best dry fly was a light colored mayfly.  As for the nymphs, a hares ear, pheasant tail, bright green rockworm and golden stones all worked.  Hope this encourages you to get out and go fish.  And remember, the best part of living where we live is that if one direction doesn’t look promising, turn around and go the opposite direction.  You never know what might come of it. 


See you in the shop,

Metolius River - June 13th, 2007
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Hey now fly fishing guys and gals,


Well the green drakes are coming off on the Metolius, and boy is that river fun to fish when that happens.  My wife Cathy and I went there on Monday and fished above the hatchery, walking the trail for a couple of miles…well it seemed like a couple of miles.  I had the nymphing rod and she was fishing the dry fly rod with a PMD and a green drake cripple dropper.  I caught fish nymphing, but when the green drakes started popping, Cathy caught the fish of the day.  An 18” rainbow that was one of the healthiest looking fish I’ve seen all year.  Big, thick and brightly colored…….Needless to say she had bragging rights for the day.  It was perfect since it was her birthday weekend. 

            If you want to fish the Metolius, now is the time.  We have the green drake cripples in the store now, maybe not later. 


See you in the shop,



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