Okay. I'm back. The Metolius is a river that is born at the north side of Black Butte, the same Black Butte which the Black Butte Ranch is named after, near Sisters, Oregon. The Metolius comes out of the ground as two large springs, flows about 21 miles down into Lake Billy Chinook. Almost twopointfive miles downstream is a small permanent community of people called Camp Sherman. Camp Sherman is considered by many to be the number one spot for the best fly fishing on Earth. The river is cold cold cold 365 days a year. Large Brown, Rainbow, and Bulltrout, live in the Metolius. Before the dams on the Deschutes were finished back in the sixties(NO FISH LADDERS WERE BUILT!) the Metolius had salmon and steelhead runs which were, and still are, the stuff of legends.
Metolius means "STINKING WATERS" in the local dialect of the Native Americans which live just to the north. Stinking waters, you might ask? Well!! I'm not talking sulpher springs here, OFFers! The word was applied because of the thousands upon thousands of dead salmon bodies that would collect in the tributaries of the Metolius after the fish spawned. The completion of the downstream dams on the Dechutes without fish passage structures wiped out the runs overnight. Wah!!!
Anyway, things have changed. New fish passage technology has been completed just last year on the dams downstream. In anticipation of this event the ODFW hs been planting for the past seven years thousands of baby fish in the tributaries of the Metolius. What kind of fish? Spring Chinook, winter Steelhead, summer Steelhead and Coho Salmon. These fish were all native to the upper Metolius over forty years ago. So................something to think about!!:think::yay::yay::yay::clap: