Fall River

Recent Reports

10/11:

Fishing continues to be quite good on Fall River. Blue-winged olives and midges are the mainstays. Mornings will be slow, but action should improve in the afternoon.

09/28:

Fall River has been a consistent producer this fall, with rainbow trout spread out from the falls to the upper campground. Expect hatches of blue-winged olives and midges. Small streamer patterns, such as size 12 Woolly Buggers can also exite the trout.

 

Major Hatches for October

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Nymph

Size 16-20 Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear. Brown, brown-olive

Moderate runs, just below riffles: indicator, tight line, rising nymph

Emerger

Size 16-20 Sprout Midge, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Dun

Size 16-20 Sparkle Dun, Comparadun, Hairwing Dun. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

► Cloudy, drippy weather stimulates the ubiquitous blue-winged olives. If it's sunny, look for them in areas where shadows fall on the water.

► Nymphs can be productive before, during, and after a blue-wing hatch, and even when there is no hatch that day.

Emerger

Size 12-16 Quigley Cripple, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Red-brown body, gray wing

Bankwater, backeddies, slow runs: standard dry fly

Dun

Size 12-16 Comparadun, Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun. Red-brown body, gray wing

Bankwater, backeddies, slow runs: standard dry fly

► The mahoganies will taper off and not be much of a factor by mid-month.

► These mayflies migrate to slow water before emerging, and hatches usually take place in the slow margins of the river. Trout are in no hurry to sip the duns, and rises are usually lazy, head-and-tail affairs. Because the action is in quiet water, your approach and casts need to be stealthy. The best strategy is to wait until you see a rise, then cast to that trout. Blind casting usually just puts the fish down. Let your cast settle gently on the water and avoid lining the trout. You may need a downstream presentation.

Pupa

Size 10-22 Chans Chironomid Pupa, Zebra Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

► Trout can be very picky about size and color of the pupa. You may need to swap flies several times to find the right combination. You can speed up this process by fishing two pupa at once and noting which one the trout show more interest in.

► Be prepared for midge hatches in the early morning hours and at dusk.

► When trout are midging, a Sprout Midge or Griffiths Gnat can work well, but a pupa pattern is always a good choice.

 

October Tips

Trout


► Remember: the river is closed below the falls.

► By mid-month, you can expect cold mornings and evenings; your best fishing opportunities will be from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

► Early in the month you might encounter size 16-18 caddis. When imitating caddis on the slow sections of this river, use a good slow-water pattern such as the Parachute Caddis.

Flavs are a possibility early in the month, and you should be prepared just in case you encounter them.

 

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Other Info Sources

Confluence Fly Shop 541-678-5351

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The Fly Fisher's Place 541-549-3474

The Hook 541-593-2358

Sunriver Fly Shop 541-593-8814