Mary Ann and I had the chance to get out on the Fall River in central Oregon a week ago. Our bamboo rods were a great match for the slow, spring creek waters of the Fall River. If you haven’t ever fished the Fall, you should add it to your list of waters-to-fish. The gin-clear waters make it great for spotting up fish, and there are plenty to go around. Try the uppper section near the headwaters for some solitude, or venture out on the waters near the hatchery for some great opportunities for rising fish.
I took out a 7′ 6″ 5 wt medium fast bamboo rod, while Mary Ann chose her progressive action 7′ 6″ 5 wt bamboo rod to cast dry flies. We both rigged up with 50″ Furled Leaders from Cuttroat Leaders, and added 6 to 8 feet of 6X tippet. The combination work well, and we got into several fish throughout the day. There were plenty of rising fish mid-day with decent midge and BWO hatches, and small dry flies worked well. After the surface activity subsided, small nymphs suspended about 2 feet under small indicators continued to attract hungry fish. Here is a nice rainbow that took a #16 DD nymph drifted through a deeper pool.