Metolius River

River Levels

near Grandview
6 am 1.56/1720 45.1 7 30 year


What to Expect in June

Blue-winged olive
Green drake
Pale morning dun
Weedy-water caddis
Golden stonefly
Little yellow stonefly

Hatches divided by half-month.
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None


Early June is green drake time here. Most green drake hatches are short--under an hour--and occur sometime between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. although you might see some bugs as early as 1:00. Try a Green Drake Paradrake or a Green Drake Cripple during the hatch, and a Poxyback Green Drake before it begins. Look for hatches from the Wizard Falls area down to Bridge 99 and below.

During a green drake hatch, the best strategy is NOT to blind cast your dry fly. Wait for a trout to rise, then cast to that trout. On the other hand, if there isn't a hatch, you might do well by blind casting a green drake imitation to places where you THINK trout are lying. This strategy can work in the late afternoon when trout are thinking there might be some drakes around.

Pale morning duns arrive in May; they will stage strong hatches all month. Hatches will occur sometime between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Hatches can come in waves throughout the day. If you're on the river and see a hatch from 11:00 to noon, and then it fades out--don't leave: another hatch may start a couple of hours later. Good patterns include PMD Cripples , Parachute PMDs , CDC Cripples, and Sparkle Duns , all in size 18. Use a 6X tippet and approach the fish with care.

It's too early for the golden stonefly adults on this river, but the nymphs will be active this month and you can do well with a Kaufmanns Stonefly or other size 8 stonefly nymph.

On cool mornings you may find trout feeding on midges .

Caddis will be hatching in the afternoon and around dusk. Carry size 14-16 olive and size 16-18 tan Elk Hair Caddis or X Caddis . Spinner falls of pale morning duns can also be expected, so carry some size 18 Rusty Spinners for the dusk hours.

Small stoneflies--yellow sallies and little green stoneflies --as well as ant patterns are also worth carrying; these are an opportunity, not a hatch.

When the weather pattern fluctuates between sunny-and-warm and cloudy-and-cool--as it will for much of June--fish can be moody and your success can be unpredictable.

For more information on June fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report

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Other Info Sources

The Caddis Fly Angling Shop 541-342-7005

Camp Sherman Store and Fly Shop 541-595-6711

Confluence Fly Shop 541-678-5351

Fly and Field Outfitters 541-318-1616

The Fly Fisher's Place 541-549-3474