Fishing has been great at the Metolius. Some of the best mayfly hatches of the season are this time of year. Don’t let cool and cloudy weather stop you from heading out there. Mayfly hatches have been great. There are march browns, blue winged olives and pale morning duns in the mix. I’ve heard rumors of some sporadic green drake activity, be prepared with some of those. Caddis activity is slower on cooler days but the pupa are still on the subsurface menu. Springtime dry fly fishing is an absolute blast out there. For nymphing, try using golden stones and green drakes for your larger nymphs. General mayfly nymph patterns, like pheasant tails and hares ears, are a very good bet as well. Bull trout have been active on nymphs and streamers. It doesn’t get much better than springtime on the Metolius.
Suggested Dries: March Brown #12-14, Hackle Stacker BWO #18-20, Sparkle Dun BWO #18-20, Purple Haze #16-20, Tilt Wing BWO #18-20, Olive Haze #16-18, Parachute BWO #18-20, Tilt Wing Mahogany #16-18, Tilt Wing PMD #16-18, Black or Tan Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Parachute Adams #16-20
Suggested Nymphs: Lex’s Improved Golden Stone #8-10, Poxyback Golden Stone #8-10, Golden Trout Retriever #8-10, Brown Jimmy Legs #8-12, Deep October Pupa #8-10, Jigged Tungsten Hare’s Ear #14-16, Jigged CDC PT #14-16, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18, Black Super Sinker #16-18, Copper Microstone #14-18, Red Copper John #16-18, Olive Anato-May #16-18, Olive Micro May #18-20, Black Lightning Bug #14-18, Olive or Tan Sparkle Pupa #16-18, Nitro Caddis Pupa #16-18