The Metolius is fishing really well. This is the last month where fishing is open above Allingham bridge. The kokanee have moved up from the lake and the bull trout and redbands are ready to chow down. Eggs are going to be very important for the next few weeks during the kokanee spawn. The green drake hatch is tapering off but it pays to have a few just in case a decent hatch picks up. October caddis are plentiful, the dries are best fished close to dawn or dusk but occasionally a fish will rise to one during the day. The dries can work well as an indicator in a dry-dropper rig. Pale morning duns and blue wing olives have been consistent hatches, size 14 - 18 for the PMDs and size 16 - 20 for the BWOs. Nymphing has been good with stoneflies, October caddis pupa, and lots of different mayfly patterns. The PMD and baetis slim shady’s are super productive during mayfly hatches. Euro nymphing is super killer. Definitely have an egg on your nymph rig, especially if you’re fishing in a shallower run or riffle.
Suggested Dries: Last Chance Green Drake #10-12, Carnage Drake #10-14, Double Decker Green Drake #10-12, X-Stimulator #8-12, Black, Tan or Olive Elk Hair Caddis #14-20, Black, Tan or Olive Foam Caddis #14-20, Purple Haze #14-18, Tilt Wing PMD #14-18, Parachute PMD #14-18, Hackle Stacker Baetis #18-20, Parachute Baetis #16-20.
Suggested Nymphs: Lex’s Improved Golden Stone #8-10, Poxyback Golden Stone #8-10, Green Drake Nymph #12-14, Deep October Caddis Pupa #10-12, Red or Black Copper John #14-18, Red or Black Lightning Bug #14-18, Red or Black Two Bit Hooker #16-20, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18, Split Back PMD #18, Slim Shady Baetis #18, FB Pheasant Tail #14-18, Micro Mayfly #16-20, Pearl or Red Rainbow Warrior #16-20, Copper Microstone #14-18