Metolius River

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
10 am
1.19/1420
46.6
7 30 year
08/01:

A few golden stoneflies are available in the upper sections, says Jonathan at The Fly Fisher's Place, and smaller trout are taking them. Be prepared for pale morning dun hatches in the late afternoon and evening. Also, be ready for size 16-18 caddis in tan or rust colors in the evening, and carry some Rusty Spinners for very late in the day. Euro nymphers are doing well.

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

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


Nymph

Size 16-18 Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear. Olive-brown

Riffles, flats, moderate runs: indicator, tight line, rising nymph, shallow nymph

Emerger

Size 16-18 Sprout Midge, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Pale yellow, light brown, or tan body; light wing

Flats, moderate runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Dun

Size 16-18 Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun, Comparadun. Pale yellow, light brown, or tan body; light wing

Flats, moderate runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Pupa

Size 12-18 Soft Hackle, , Deep Sparkle Pupa. Body: tan, green; Shroud: tan

Riffles, runs, just below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph

Adult

Size 12-18 Goddard Caddis, X Caddis, Parachute Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis. Body: brown, green, dark gray; Wing: tan, brown

Egg-layer

Size 12-18 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Body: brown; Wing: black

Riffles, current seams, backeddies below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph, rising nymph

Egg-layer

Size 12-18 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Body: brown; Wing: black

Riffles, current seams, backeddies below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph, rising nymph

► Look for caddis in the evenings. An olive size 16-18 X Caddis is a good pattern to tie on.

Nymph

Size 6-8 Kaufmanns Stonefly, Rubber Legs. Tan, yellow-tan

Riffles, moderate-fast runs; just below these: indicator, tight line

Adult

Bankwater near foilage: standard dry fly, skating

► Expect golden stonefly adults to be active in the upper river (above the canyon).

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


► In general, there's no point in hitting the Metolius before 9:00 a.m.

► Long leaders of 12-15 feet and with a 6X to 7X tippet will improve your chances on this river.

► Stay out of the water if possible--it's harder for the trout to spot you or hear you if you're not in the river.

► An overlooked hatch at this time of year is the little green stoneflies. They are active from late afternoon to dark. If you see fish rising and don't know what they're taking, it's probably either blue-winged olives or olive stoneflies.

► You might run into occasional hatches of pale evening duns and blue-winged olives. The blue-wing hatches will be stronger near the end of the month.
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