Metolius River

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7 30 year

Jeff at The Fly Fisher's Place notes that the silver stripe caddis (think October caddis) are still active; pupa patterns work best. Also expect hatches of small caddis (olive pupa,, gray adult) and spotted caddis (tan pupa, tan adult); in either case, the pupa pattern will probably take the most trout. The cinygmula mayfly hatch has been weak this year.

As the month progresses, trout will be increasingly interested in golden stonefly nymphs. Use a two-nymph rig with a big fly, such as a Kaufmanns Stonefly teamed with a size 18-20 olive or brown Micro Mayfly.

Importance by half-month
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Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


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

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


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

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly


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

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly


Size 16-20 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Dark body

runs, slowish riffles: surface swing

► Emerging duns collect in mini-backeddies near the bank and downstream from logs or rocks; that is where trout will be waiting for them. This hatch should improve throughout the month, if the weather is not too cold.

► Prior to the hatch, try a two-nymph rig with a golden stonefly nymph and a size 18 Pheasant Tail.

► Blue-winged olive hatches should be on the upswing during the month. Watch for hatches around 2:00-2:30 (daylight time). In the absense of a hatch, present a small nymph, such as a size-18 Pheasant Tail, near the bottom. Team that fly with a golden stonefly nymph.


Size 14-16 Hairwing Dun, Comparadun, Sparkle Dun. Red-brown, Olive-brown

Just below moderate-fast runs: standard dry fly

► Match with a size-16 cream-colored Sparkle Dun, Light Cahill, or similar fly. Hatches are midday.


Size 10-14 Soft Hackle, Quigley Cripple, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Tan to red-brown body, brown wing

Near riffles, flats: surface swing


Size 10-14 Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun, Comparadun. Tan to red-brown body, brown wing

Near riffles, flats: standard dry fly


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


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

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

► Late in the month, look for size-16 tan or olive caddis as dusk approaches.


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

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


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


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

► Red pupa patterns should be in your fly box.

► Watch hatches carefully: what you may think is a blue-winged olive hatch may actually be midges.


► The silver stripe caddis (think of an October caddis that hatches in spring) can be active in March. Trout are more responsive to a pupa patterns, such as the Morrish October caddis pupa, than to an adult.

► You will do best with a 4X or 5X tippet when nymphing, and a 6X tippet when using a dry fly.

► Fishing will be best on mild days when the temperature reaches the high 40s or more.

► Because the Metolius is spring-fed, it's seldom affected by winter storms. On the other hand, it is at a high elevation, and the cold air temperature can make a difference. As the temperature drops to near freezing or below, the best fishing will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (daylight time), with marginal fishing an hour either side of that.


► The river is open all year below Allingham Bridge. Water above Allingham will not be open until May 22.
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