Just About A Week Left of Green Drakes

Metolius River - Metolius Springs, OR (Jefferson County)

by The Fly Fishers Place

On the Metolius we will probably see just about a week left of Green Drakes until the September drakes get their foothold in a few months from now. So, if you’ve put off hitting the Drake hatch, or continue to target that hatch which has been going since fairly early in May this season, it is time to wrap it up with a bang and go get ’em.

PMD hatches are strong and will be throughout the summer and fall. It looks like the weather is going to be pretty hot so the PMD’s might delay hatch time from afternoon to evening. No one knows for sure, but a lot of times on a hot week I see more PMD’s at 7 PM than the usual mid-afternoon times.

Look for BWO’s about the same time, which could lead to some confusing moments as to what the fish are keyed on. A lot of times both hatches are on at the same time I fish a #16 or 18 Purple Comparadun and split the difference. Knock Down Duns, Film Critics and Parachutes are all flies we love on the Metolius fished on a long and light leader.
Look for amazing caddis hatches late in the day towards evening and dusk and Rusty Spinners at Dusk.

No sightings of Golden Stones so far that we have heard of. Will be any day now in the upper river for sure.

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