I love the Metolius River. I’ve been fishing the river for over 40 years and it’s the reason I live in Sisters. And two of the reasons I love this river are the quality of the fish and beautiful scenery. We fish it a lot. 

So a few years ago, my wife and I decided to “give back” by helping the US Forest Service and Trout Unlimited restore areas loved to death. We became involved with the Metolius River Stewardship Project.

Metolius Rainbow 
Metolius Rainbow|www.johnkreft.com

  Metolius River

Metolius River at Hatchery | www.johnkreft.com

We provided an angler’s insight for river access, helped plant a variety of native plants, aerated soil for broadcasting seed, and suggested large rocks be placed in an area known for muddy trails in spring.

But really, we played a small role in this effort. Lots of work parties took part in this effort – all age groups. And their efforts really paid off. The work continues.

Here is an example of the work done. These are before and after photos of the trail and bank in the Big Eddy section of the river, below the fish hatchery. The first picture was taken in early 2012; the after picture is today. It’s amazing the changes that have transpired in just over two years.

Big eddy – before

Big Eddy - Before|www.johnkreft.com

 Big eddy – after

Big Eddy - After|www.johnkreft.com

Karen and I were two of the anglers in the following short Trout Unlimited film created by Wahoo Films. Hope you like it!

Metolius Rainbow

Metolius Rainbow|www.johnkreft.com

Any season of the year is beautiful on the river.

Fall on the Metolius

Metolius Water Fall|www.johnkreft.com

 Winter on the metolius

Metolius Water Winter|www.johnkreft.com

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Enjoy…go fish!

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  1. Wow….the Metolius looks like a beautiful place. The next time I visit the USA from Japan, I must check it out!

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