Here it is, mid-winter really and we have no snow and day after day ranging from the high 40’s to mid 60’s. Oh, there have been a few days with wind, and some clouds but it really truly feels like the best spring we ever had around here.
This means fishing.
Metolius is very good. Afternoon BWO’s, Later afternoon caddis and some midges are bringing fish up to the top. It’s not mid summer dry fishing but its good for this time of year.
Nymphing, including swinging soft hackles has been good too. All the usual nymphs like golden stones, lightning bugs, copper john, psycho prince, zebra midge, micro may’s, 2 bit hookers and frenchies have resulted in fish on moments lately. Swinging with a Graphic Caddis, Stalcup’s Caddis and PT Soft Hackle has been good later in the day.
Crooked is good on small nymphs with some later afternoon midge hatches bringing fish up to the top. Zebra Midges, Skinny Nelson, Micro Mayfly, Frenchie, Midge Winkler, Griffiths Gnat, Parachute Adams #20 and Purple Haze #18-20
Fall River is interesting with how good the morning dry fly fishing is with tiny little black stones. Then is moves to BWO’s about 1:00 and midges usually about 3 or 4.
7x tippet is highly recommended.
The only nymphs we’ve found the fish really interested in are the brown micro mayfly and red zebra midge. I’m sure there are others, but for us those have been the best.
Longhollow Ranch (private lake access) is open and we are running a $100 special for all day from 9 am to 4 pm (or a little later if you want). 30 minutes from Sisters and plenty of nice rainbows to give you a tug! Typical desert lake flies, leeches, chironomids, scuds and water boatman.
It looks like we have a warm week coming up, which might change your plans from Skiing (skiing in the rain sucks!) to fishing. We have guides on the Lower D today and just got a text it was good today.
Fish are on Stonefly Nymphs with an Egg Dropper or Lightning Bug pretty well. I’d also recommend worm patterns.
We are getting trout and steelhead on pretty much the same set up.
Swinging for Steelhead is OK, we’ve seen the best results on sink tips and leeches.
The Metolius was fabulous over the weekend Czech nymphing Frenchie’s and Eggs. You could run those off a Golden Stone nymph or use some putty or shot to get down.
There have been decent to good BWO hatches. Some days the fish look up and some days they are sticking to the nymphs. Watch for risers but plan to get down.
Bull Trout fishing is pretty good now, with many of the fish still coming on big streamers like a Clark’s Rat or Candyman. If they don’t chase and eat white, go Black….or go early in the AM and nymph a big #10-12 red ice cream cone and egg.
Fall River is good, with BWO and Midge hatches from about noon to 3. I’d expect more fish rising on the Fall then the Met or Crooked. That said, excellent catches on our Lead Eyed Egg with a Red Zebra or Black 2 Bit Hooker trailed behind.
Crooked River Whitefish seem to be in full spawn mode now. Lots of eggs in the drift.
If you aren’t finding the spawning areas there won’t be many eggs in the drift, so go with a Micro Mayfly or Frenchie and run a Ray Charles as a tag.
I’ve had mixed reports on dries. Some guys are getting a few on top, but it is mostly nymphs now.
Don’t forget the tiny thread midge larva patterns and zebra midges. A midge winkler works well in the film or fished deep too. Go small on your midges from 20 to 26.
still seeing very good BWO hatches and midges in the afternoon. These are bringing fish up to the top for sure. Fish are loving cripples and emergers and comparaduns and we strongly suggest going to a 7x tippet.
we’ve been hitting some good fish on streamers too. they love to chase it and a lot of times if you are moving it right, they eat it! we’ve got some streamers that are smaller and just right for the Fall River.
nymphing is great. one thing is the fish are sipping them pretty softly, so a yarn indicator like the NZ wool stuff or the Loon tip toppers is recommended. 2 Bit Hooker and a Frenchie is our #1 combo. Micro Mayfly, Zebra Midge, Eggs, Mr Peacock are definitely good under the indicator too. BTW, you can czech nymph these too and use a sighter instead of an indicator.
Fall River made it through the weekend storm totally unscathed and is fishing super well with BWO’s. We love this little spring creek all year long, but especially in the fall.
Besides BWO’s there are a few PMD’s, Caddis, Midges and we still recommend an ant and beetle during the warm times in the afternoon.
Nymphs of BWO’s and PMD’s dropped off a heavy egg or Frenchie is a great bet when they aren’t coming up. Small Red Zebra Midge is also a hot October pattern.
It’s my favorite time of the year on the Fall River. BWO hatches are strong, mixed with a few of the last PMD’s of the season (until next April or May) and some small Caddis and possibly numerous midges.
Fish populations have been good, and fishing is quite good for us on a combination of nymphs & dries.
Micro Mayflies, Frenchies, Jigs, Eggs, KD Dun, Knock Down Dun, Klinkhammer, Film Critic and Smoke Jumpers have been great, and fish are still looking for ants and beetles on top too.
Our guides Steve Erickson, Troy Leedy, Ben Kittell, Mary Ann Dozer and Adam Ross are all experts on the Fall River and can enhance your experience out on the water. Give us a call at (541)549-3474 if you want to book a trip.
Fall River has been a lot of fun and we love seeing improved populations of fish in there.
Everything from PMD’s to Hoppers right now, with great nymphing on small mayfly and midge patterns and fish looking up best to emergers and cripples on 6x and 7x tippets.
ODFW has been really good with the fish stocking this summer and we are seeing good numbers of fish, especially from the hatchery to the falls.
Nymphing with heavy little flies like a 2 Bit Hooker, Jig, Tungsten Micro May and Zebra Midges has been our best bet.
There are fish rising to various hatches, including PMD’s, Caddis (Olive Elk Hair and Henryville are awesome), Midges and of course Ants are a great bet on the Fall too.
Our guides are out on the Fall on a regular basis and reporting good fishing conditions. We are catching fish mostly on nymphs fished deep. Flies like a Frenchie, Tungsten Micro May, Zebra Midge and PMD Split Case Emerger have been productive.
On top, Ant’s and Beetles, PMD, Olive Elk Hair Caddis, Henryville Caddis, Yellow Sally and a late evening Rusty Spinner.
One often overlooked method to pick up fish is a short, heavy sink tip (like 5 or 6 feet of T10) and a small streamer, especially a brightly colored Rufus.
I was out on the Fall monday and fishing was decent. We did best on nymphs even though for most of the day the PMD hatch was fairly consistent, the fish just weren’t interested in them much. But they did like a Frenchie and a PMD Micro Mayfly.
About 3 there were a fair number of Drakes hatching and the fish looked up for them.
Still seems to be a low population of trout in the Fall River. I think ODFW needs to pay more attention to this issue and if you do as well please write the Bend ODFW Office.
I’ve been fishing the Fall River for nearly 40 years and I’ve not ever seen such low trout numbers, not to mention zero whitefish. We used to target whitefish below the falls. I see none these days. That seems strange. I encourage ODFW to figure out what the hell is going on.
I have suggested going to ODFW they go to a Catch & Release regulation there. It goes on deaf ears. They don’t think the public will accept the change. I say if fish populations are low, then let’s protect every single fish we can. No sense in someone putting a fish in the frying pan (or worse, the freezer) when more than one angler can enjoy the opportunity in trying to catch him too.
PMD hatches are improving on the Fall and the first Drakes of the season can’t be far behind. Along with these, Ants, Caddis, Blue Wing Olives and even the 1st Yellow Sally’s of the season are out.
We had a good week since ODFW stocked it again last week. We’ve had our best luck on Frenchie’s, 2 Bit Hookers and Jigs.