The first time I fished it, there was a green drake hatch for about 45 minutes in the afternoon. The pools below Camp Sherman seemed empty all morning, but once the hatch started there were fish rising everywhere. The first day, it took me about 30 minutes to find the right fly and hook two beautiful redsides on consecutive casts before the hatch ended. That evening, I tied up a few flies for the next day's hatch. The next day, the big mayflies came off at the same time, and I was ready this time. I caught two, then the fish wouldn't touch my flies, even though they continued to rise for the naturals. If you can relax and enjoy days like this, the Metolius is wonderful. If you need more action, there are other places where the fish are more plentiful and less spooky. But you'll be hard-pressed to find a prettier place than the upper Metolius.