We’ve continued to see excellent fishing on the Metolius, with lots of Caddis and Mayfly activity on most days. Nymphing has been the most productive approach, but there is certainly opportunity to bring nice Redsides to the surface with a small Caddis, PMD, or BWO pattern. As always, stay observant. Fish looking towards the surface will typically reveal themselves every minute or two, but can turn off and on quickly. Oftentimes there will only be a few fish in any given area that are totally keyed in on the surface, even when there are good numbers of bugs out, and the majority of fish will ignore just about anything but a nymph near the bottom. Target actively rising fish with dries while sticking with the nymph rig where fish are not working the surface, and focus on getting the natural drift we all work for. There are a lot of Bull Trout in the Met right now and it’s a great time to get out and target these big brutes with either a streamer or nymph set up. Just make sure to have a heavy rod and go deep if the Bulls are what you’re looking for!
Suggested Dries: Cutters Caddis #16-18, Tan Elk Hair Caddis #16-20, Henry’s Fork Caddis #16-20, Tilt Wing PMD #16-18, Parachute PMD #16-18, Tilt Wing Mahogany #16-18, Sparkle Dun BWO #18-20, Tilt Wing BWO #18-20, Carlson’s Olive Haze #16-20, Clarks Stone #8-10, Norm Woods Special #8-10
Suggested Nymphs: Deep October Pupa #8-10, Anderson’s Bird Of Prey October Caddis #8, Lex’s Improved Golden Stone #8-12, Poxyback Golden Stone #8-12, Black or Brown Jimmy Legs #8-12, Red or Black Two Bit Hooker #16-20, Olive Micro Mayfly #16-20, Tan Sparkle Pupa #16-18, Nitro Caddis Pupa #16-18, Jigged Hare’s Ear #14-16, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18