The Metolius is really revving up now

Metolius River - Metolius Springs, OR (Jefferson County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Fly Fishers Place

by The Fly Fishers Place
5-7-2021
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The Metolius is really revving up now, with more and more hatches, and hatches that will be here to stay for the Summer season! Green Drake action is spotty yet, but if you’re going below 99 in the late afternoon you have to be ready for it. 

PMD hatches are coming off well pretty much every afternoon between noon and 4, and they are still mixed with an afternoon emergence of Blue Wing Olives. 

Caddis continue to be important on the warmer days, but don’t expect much on the caddis on the cooler, wetter days. I guess caddis are like me, they like the warm days. 

Brad and Eric were down below 99 the other day and saw some big Salmonfly’s hatching, and fish were eating them. Yes please!

Mixed in, you’ll see some sporadic Goldenstone adults, but the Nymph is still way more important. Yellow Sally’s are a beautiful small bright yellow stonefly that can run from a size 12 to an 18. May is when they start, and they go all summer. I’d say May and July are the best times for Sally’s on the Metolius. 
We’ve been doing really well on the Euro Nymph game with Perdigons and Jigs. Indicator fishing in some areas is more recommended for the bigger pools you can’t wade, but in the little runs you can get to the fish by wading, the Euro method is FUEGO!




More Reports

The Fly Fishers Place Reports
for Saturday, April 24th

Metolius River: Metolius River Report
Lower Deschutes River: Lower Deschutes Fishing Report
Deschutes River: Middle Deschutes River Report
Crooked River: Crooked River Fishing Report
Fall River: Fall River Fishing Report
South Twin Lake: South Twin Lake Fishing Report
Crane Prairie Reservoir: Crane Prairie Fishing Report

The Fly Fishers Place Reports
for Thursday, April 22nd

Crane Prairie Reservoir: Docks Are in At The Resort Side Launch
Wickiup Reservoir: Water Levels Are Low
Hosmer Lake: Still Snowed In
East Lake: Good Amount of Snow Still
Crooked River: Fishing well and is one of the best opportunities now
Deschutes River: Water is low and easy to access and wade
Fall River: Fall River is Fishing Very Good
Metolius River: The Metolius is seeing a bit of the April Blues