The guy at Camp Sherman Fly Shop summed up the Metolius River perfectly; it’s the prettiest river in Oregon but also the hardest to fish. The water is super clear and the trout are educated and picky! We all got fish, but had to work hard for every one.
Special thanks to Josh Linn for his presentation on fishing the Metolius before our trip. His info was spot on!
Green Drake dries and Euro Nymphing tactics produced the best. Rich even had a big bull trout rise from the depths of a deep pool to grab a rainbow he was fighting. It was a sight!
The water temperature averaged 46 degrees. Thick winter socks under your waders made long wading sessions comfortable.
Five of us camped at the Lower Bridge Campground. On Friday we enjoyed a fun dinner at the Three Creeks Brewery after hitting The Fly Fishers Place for the hot fly patterns.
Overall we had good weather but mornings & evenings were chilly. Fortunately we had plenty of firewood and good times were had by all.