Metolius River Fishing Report

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Less than an hour northwest of Bend, Oregon, the Metolius River, secreted away in the Deschutes National Forest, is little known since professional guides are not permitted and the river is not advertised. The river begins at Metolius Springs, near the base of Black Butte, and is fed from cold spring water that keeps the river at an even flow and a near constant 48 degrees – ideal trout habitat. The river ends at Lake Billy Chinook.

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While only 29 miles long, the Metolius is large in what it has to offer. Nearly half of the river is designated as a National Wild and Scenic River while another 12 mile run is a National Recreational River. In the estimation of many naturalists and conservationists, the lower 17 miles of river that run along the warm Springs Indian Reservation, are among the most gorgeous to be found in the lower 48. To maintain the pristine quality of the river, legislation was passed in 1990 and again in 2009 to limit development within 86,000 acres of the Metolius water basin.

Not just beautiful, this river is full of rainbow, bull and brown trout. Rainbow and brown can easily measure up to 24 inches, while bulls 15 pounds and over have been pulled from these waters. In the fall Kokanee can be seen in the river, ready to spawn. The upper Metolius is limited to fly fishing, catch and release and barbless hooks. This is a great choice for anglers seeking an authentic fishing experience, but be sure to pack your waders - fishing from boats is prohibited.

If you’re traveling with people interested in other activities, camping, rafting, skiing and horseback riding are widely available.
 
Tributaries:
Deschutes river via Lake Billy Chinook
Source:
Metolius Springs
Mouth:
Lake Billy Chinook
Length:
29 miles
Seasonal Conditions
Season
Hatches
SpringBWO, Pale Morning Dun, Midges, Minnows
SummerWest. Green Drake, PED, Spotted Sedge, Short Horned Sedge, Green Sedge, Golden Stonefly, Midges, Minnows, Hoppers
FallBWO, Flays Green Drake, West. Ginger Quill, Mahogany Dun, Spotted Sedge, Golden Stonefly, Yellow Sally, Minnows
WinterBWO, Minnows, Midges
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Fishing Access Sites
The Wizard Falls Hatchery is a great jumping in point to explore the river – famous for its beauty, year-round insect hatches and challenging fly fishing. Several other access points ... moreat various pullouts and campgrounds.
Special gear restrictions apply – be sure to check current regulations.

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