Metolius River Fishing Report

Metolius River - Metolius Springs, OR (Jefferson County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Fly Fishers Place

by The Fly Fishers Place

So, let’s start with the Metolius and take a tour from top to bottom. I’ve written a lot of fishing reports on the Metolius over the years and I rarely (or have never mentioned) Grasshoppers. In the Upper River Grasshoppers have been working pretty well along with Golden Stones, PMD’s, Caddis, and Ant’s. Euro Nymphing in the Upper stretches from the Riverside CG to Gorge CG is quite productive. 

The Middle River from the Canyon to Bridge 99 is ok in the afternoon from about 2 to 5, with PMD’s and Yellow Sally’s. Look for a few Mahogany Duns mixed in some days. The best fishing is in the evening from about 7 to dark. BWO’s usually start the action, then caddis and rusty spinners at dusk. Some evenings you can see PMD’s hatching late too. Be ready for it. 

Below Bridge 99 you’ll see all the above hatches and more golden stones and even a few salmon flies. 

Bull Trout are coming up river from the lake now in greater numbers. These fish will be running up the (no fishing) tributaries soon to spawn, and once done with that will be hungry and in the Metolius waiting for the fall run of Kokanee. What the heck, a fall run of Kokanee? That’s like seeing the stores have Halloween candy out already. Is fall that close? It’ll be here before we know it, but plenty of summer left for sure.

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East Lake: This Week at East Lake Was Good
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Lower Deschutes River: Lower Deschutes is Great
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