The Metolius had a nice reopening below Allingham this week, with lot’s of our friends showing up on the river. It was like old home week seeing the old guard. That aspect of the Metolius is one of the things I love so much about the river, is that it truly has a band of characters that know each other and fish it regularly.
As expected, once we got back on the middle and lower river the green drakes were still hatching well from Canyon Creek to the Hatchery, and from the Hatchery to Candle Creek below Bridge 99. PMD’s, BWO’s, Mahogany Duns, October Caddis, Golden Stones and tons of various small caddis in #14-18. (Iris, CDC, Corn Fed or X Caddis matches the hatch)
Early in the week Tina and I fished up river from Camp Sherman and had great fishing on Clark’s Stones and Euro Nymphs. We saw zero kokanee up river. On Wednesday when we were down in the lower river the Kokanee were starting to get pretty thick, and some have been in the river long enough to begin coloring up. It is great to see that happening as the biomass is so great for the river. Nymph anglers should be carrying and using eggs for the next month for sure!
Bull Trout-ing is a very good bet right now with Big Streamers and with nymphs.
It is good to be on the inside track. My friend Ian who is the District Ranger for the Sisters......