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.
I had a customer in yesterday who made it to the tubes. He didn’t make it out. Truck got stuck in the second parking area. He said fishing was good on PT Nymphs and Eggs.
With the big thaw overnight and the rain, it made the roads soft and slushy. I would not go to the Tubes for a bit if it was me. I’d go to the hatchery and access the river through there. Roads are plowed into the hatchery.
There have been some good afternoon BWO hatches about 1 or so. Fish are loving the KD Dun on 7x.
One of our guides was there today on his day off and had a good day fishing eggs, zebra midges and blue wing olives. Snow levels today allowed access to the falls/tubes, but there is a big snow storm coming tonight that predicts about 20 inches for the Sunriver area, so the road to the tubes may not be good for a while.
The access to the hatchery is always a good bet.
Great to see the fish are sticking around this winter! Good job ODFW on figuring out that puzzle. Let’s hope it keeps up because the angling community loves Fall River in the Winter.
Fall River has held up way better this fall than in the last 2 or 3 years when the fish migrated out. They appear to be staying put this year and that is a good thing!
We are having good success on BWO #20’s mostly, but #18’s may be the hatch of the day so carry a good selection. My last couple of trips the Knock Down Dun, Klinkhammer and KD Dun were all the best. I also found a Brown Micro Mayfly to be effective, more so when coated with a powder floatant to give it that “emerging sheen”.
Zebra Midges and Eggs are good flies for the next several weeks too.
Fishing has been very good with afternoon BWO hatches stealing the show. From about 11 to 2 look for good hatches of BWO’s. I’ve found a #20 is fooling them better than an #18 but that can change day to day. Have both. Loving the KD Dun and Knock Down Dun’s on 7x. The CDC Parachute BWO is another good choice.
Nymph fishing is good as well. The little Olive Micro Mayfly with a tarnished brass bead is great, but any baetis nymph is a fine choice. Eggs, Zebra Midges and Copper Johns are also good bets.
Good afternoon BWO hatches and some midges and caddis mixed in to keep it interesting. The little one-wing cripple baetis we have is amazing right now, and a little CDC fly called a smoke jumper is another good one.
On caddis, small tan cdc caddis and some October Caddis Adults. I had a friend there a few days ago who did the smackdown on fish on a Clark’s Stone.
Nymph fishing is excellent, with small Zebra Midges, Frenchies, WD50, 2 Bit Hooker and Olive Micro Mayflies trailed in any combo or off a Tungsten Egg.
Seems to be a lot of fish around. Hoping ODFW found the right combo of Rainbow that went leave (migrate) out over the Fall and Winter and we continue to see good fishing all winter! Fall River historically is my favorite Winter fishery, but the last few winters stunk. It’s good now so get ’em while it’s hot.
Anyone needing a guide, we can guide there anytime. $375 for 1/2 day or $425 for a full day for 1 or 2 anglers.
This is my favorite time of year at the Fall River. Lots of BWO hatches and great nymphing when the hatch isn’t on.
Still a few PMD’s, Caddis and Terrestrials around so don’t forget them.
See you on the river.