Metolius River
Metolius River Oregon
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Metolius River, Oregon
Photo Courtesy of
Dennis McCarthy
Photo Courtesy of
Dennis McCarthy
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the Metolius
River, Oregon

Fly Line:
For most of the fishing you will encounter, we think a 4 or 5 weight floating line
would be the best choice. You may also want a 6 weight floating line to fish nymphs
and streamers.

Fly Rod:
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes you choose to use.
The fly rods should be nine feet in length for the best performance. A medium fast
to fast action works best.

Fly Reel:
The reels for the four, five or six weight lines should have good drag systems. The
drags should be smooth and adjust to fine increments.

A seven and one-half foot leader or nine foot length would probably be the best all
around lengths. You may also want a twelve foot length for fishing small dry flies in
the smooth sections of water. The only other exception would be when you are
fishing streamers whereas you may want a short leader of only 3 or 4 feet. Make
sure you have leaders in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers up to 6X for midges
and other small flies.

You should also have plenty of extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

Waders are necessary just about anywhere you fish the Metolius River. Little
fishing can be done from the banks. We prefer the breathable type but you may
prefer the neoprene type if you fish during the very cold parts of the season.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles would still be our choice. The new rubber soles may work okay. We
haven't tested them in the Mad River.

Wading Staff:
The use of a wading staff would be an optional accessory.

Landing Net:
A landing net would be purely optional for the Mad River.

Trout Flies:
We recommend our "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We have specific imitations of every
important insect that exist in the Mad River. If you haven't done so already, we hope
you will give them an opportunity to work for you.
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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