It’s been a fun week on the Metolius with a lot of hatches and some consistent nymphing action.
There are salmonflies on the Met now. It’s not a ton, but some fish are looking up for them and you’ll find the majority from Canyon Creek to Candle Creek with a smattering of the big guys up to the Allingham boundary.
PMD’s have taken off, and if you are keeping a sharp eye out you’ll begin to see a Green Drake or 2 between 2 and 5 around Bridge 99. The “hatch” of Drakes is still 2 or 3 weeks out to be consistent but the early hatchers are coming off here and there.
BWO hatches seem to have shifted their time frame to later afternoon and evening.
Rusty Spinners at dusk are going better which is a great sign that summer is about here!
Caddis continue to be good with Pupa patterns fished as nymphs working the best, but we are starting to get some fish up on the surface to Iris, CDC, Parachute and X Caddis patterns.
Nymphing has been best most of the days, with stonefly nymphs and small mayfly or caddis pupas as droppers. Zebra Midges have continued to fish well all winter and spring. It’s funny we never really fished Zebra’s much until a year or two ago, and now it’s such a staple for us on the Metolius.
Bull Trout fishing is so-so to OK. Gotta find ’em and they are spread out but I have a friend who is getting some nice ones on streamers every week recently.