Fall River

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Importance by half-month
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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

Egg-layer

Size 12-16 Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulator. Black, dark brown

Bankwater, slow-moderate runs: standard dry fly

Pupa

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

Adult

Size 10-22 Griffiths Gnat, Sprout Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

Trout


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

► If you don't see rising fish, forget the dry fly and use a small nymph, such as a size-18 Copper John or Pheasant Tail, drifted near the bottom.

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.

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

► When you come here for winter fly fishing, set your expectations: if you can get in three hours of good dry fly fishing, you're lucky.

General


► When checking the weather for Fall River, remember that it's 1,200 feet higher than Bend.

► 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).

► A major snowstorm can put a couple of feet along the banks, and that makes access tricky; be prepared. With snowy banks, you need to watch your step near the river. Getting in can be dicey, and getting out can be even more problematic because of the steep, soft snow along the bank. 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.
La Pine

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

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