Golden Stones are hatching in the upper river

Metolius River - Metolius Springs, OR (Jefferson County)

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by The Fly Fishers Place

Moving down the basin, the other special place for us is the Metolius, where we are staying for 5 days through the 4th holiday with friends.

Golden Stones are hatching in the upper river. PMD and Caddis are throughout the system. BWO’s were hatching nicely last evening about 8 PM. Oddly there was no/to very little (expected) rusty spinner fall last evening. An oddity to see that this time of year, but as a reminder my Facebook page showed me a “memory” from 4 years ago where we were with the same friends fishing the expectant evening hatches and guess what? Facebook reminded me that the same darn thing happened 4 years ago. Cycles. Anytime now, maybe tonight, there will be good evening fishing on Caddis and Rusty Spinners! I can say that about 6 PM there is a good PMD hatch for about an hour and it is bring fish up.

Without the better dry fly action we’d expect it is a wise choice to do some nymph fishing. Caddis Pupa, Split Case PMD, Micro Mayfly, Soft Hackle PT, Rainbow Warrior and 2 Bit’s are my top picks for indicator techniques. Jigs and Perdigons for Euro Nymphing.

Our Guide Team was out and about on all of the rivers this week and they reported especially good fishing on the Fall River. Euro Nymphing and Dry Fly action were both good. PMD hatches, mixed with Yellow Sally’s, Midges and some Caddis were all on the menu. Small Streamers, Ant, Beetles and occasionally some attractor dry stuff will round out what you need for the small spring creek.

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The Fly Fishers Place Reports
for Friday, June 25th

Metolius River: Many of the afternoon hatches are shifting towards evening
Fall River: The Fall is Seeing Some Good Day
Lower Deschutes River: Fishing is Very Good on Caddis Now
Crooked River: Nymphing is Your Best Option For Sure
McKenzie River: McKenzie is Fishing Great
Paulina Lake: Paulina Lake Fishing Report
Three Creek Lake: Prime Fishing Going On