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.
With opening day on most trout waters beginning Saturday 4/22 maybe a little pressure will come off the Fall River? Who knows for sure, as it is also Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon, so they might come out of the woodwork.
There have been good BWO hatches in the afternoon from about 11 to 2. You are likely to see some March Browns, Midges and Small Dark Caddis that could very well bring fish to the dry fly too.
Good nymphing throughout the day. Zebra Midges and Micro Mayflies off the back of an egg or rubber legs is a really good set up, and with ODFW on their 2nd stocking this week the hatchery fish are usually attracted to the Pink Rufus (ideally fished on a sink tip).
Blue Winged Olive hatches are pretty strong, along with midges, dark caddis and a few march browns showing up too. Dry fly fishing is good.
Nymphing is good too, with eggs and rainbow warriors (in combo) or 2 Bit Hookers and Zebra Midges (in combo).
Access is good all over the river. ODFW stocking has begun and will continue every 2 or 3 weeks until September. Always good for the Fall River.
It is a perfect day in Central Oregon and the week ahead looks pretty nice. Today is a crisp spring day with frost on the windshield this morning.
The forecast for the week is good, with some warm 60’s coming mid-week.
BWO, Caddis and Midges are on the menu, both on the surface and under. Zebra Midges and Micro Mayflies trailed off an Egg have been really good when the fish are not rising.
Snow is largely gone, you can get all over the river now.
It is the best game in town and it is crowded. With the Spring Creek, and no outside influences of tributary creeks the river is the only one in Central Oregon not plagued by very high water. On top of that, ODFW stocked it for the 1st time in 2017 this week and the fishing is good. BWO, Midges and some Caddis on top, and small Eggs and Micro Mayfly or Zebra Midge Patterns down under.
Still some snow on the banks but it is mostly gone now and access is much easier.
In Central Oregon, this is the best water conditions by far at the moment. Pretty good BWO hatches and good nymphing going on too. With most of the rivers in our area blown out with really high water Fall River is top on the list for a place to fish now.
Fall River has been the best in terms of stability here in Central Oregon. With no outside influences like tributary creeks or other rivers flowing in to it, just the spring and a little extra snow melt is keeping Fall River in prime shape.
BWO’s, Midges and a few caddis. In the morning fish are eating the little black stones too. I would guess we should see some March Browns pretty soon so be ready for that.
Access is getting better and better as the snow recedes. Still quite a bit of snow out there at this time, but it’s warmer and we’ve had rain and it is going away finally.
Mixed reviews: we had 3 employees fishing out here in the last 5 days and fishing was slow 2 of the days and fair one day. When the BWO’s are hatching you may find fish rising. One thing we are noticing is a lower population of fish again (like in winters past) although not like it was 3 or 4 years ago.
Access is still tough with the snow on the banks, it is hard getting in and out of the river in many places.
You can drive to the Tubes/Falls but in a high clearance vehicle with 4×4.
Midge and BWO patterns are best on top and as nymphs.
More snow on the horizon for the next few days, and that doesn’t help access to our favorite Southern (County) Spring Creek. Next week looks warmer and it appears the snow will change to rain. I like those days for BWO hatches.
Access is pretty limited at the moment to the Fish Hatchery although I’ve heard a few brave souls 4×4’ing down the the Tubes.
Fish populations appear good. Afternoon BWO and Midge hatches have been bringing fish to the surface. You want 7x fluorocarbon for tippet! We have 8x too when they get extra picky on small midges. I use it. It’s fun and it helps.
Nymphing with Eggs, Micro May’s, 2 Bit Hookers and small Silver Lightning Bugs have been best.
Streamer fishing is fairly good in some places, with Rufus patterns on a Sink Tip catching some fish here and there. I also like a Black Lead Eye Wooly Bugger this time of year.