Fall River

Major Hatches for December

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

Pupa

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

 

December Tips

Trout


► Most trout will have migrated up the river, making the headwaters section the best place to seek them because the water is warmer there.

small black stoneflies (winter stones) may be available near the end of the month.

► Small worm imitations, such a tan San Juan Worm, may pick up fish if drifted near the bottom--especially if there's an angler wading upstream from you.

► Be prepared for fussy fish. They see lots of anglers all year, so you may need a 6X or 7X tippet, a 50-foot cast, and a downstream presentation when fishing a dry fly.

General


► Fall River is open from its source to above the falls (about four miles).

► The hatchery and springs areas offer the best access, especially once there is snow on the ground. There are some turn-outs on the road between those two points, and you can hike down to the river from these (it might be a hard slog coming back, however). Felt soles are a problem when hiking on snow; The white stuff sticks to the felt, and you soon have shoes that have added six inches to your height--and greatly diminished your stability.

 

Other Months

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Other Rivers or Lakes

 

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Weather

La Pine

 

Other Info Sources

Confluence Fly Shop 541-678-5351

Fly and Field Outfitters 541-318-1616

The Fly Fisher's Place 541-549-3474

The Hook 541-593-2358

Sunriver Fly Shop 541-593-8814