Oregon Fly Fishing Owyhee River

Oregon Fly Fishing Owyhee River

Day 2 of my solo fly fishing adventure landed me at the Owyhee river below the Owyhee Reservoir. This river is unique! I have heard good things about huge brown trout in this river. At first sight of the river I am disappointed. The water is green! I figured I’m pretty low in the canyon and it must clear up around the dam. I keep driving and the water color stays the same. I’m thinking to my self I wasted a few hours last night driving here. I get all the way to the Owyhee Reservoir and the lake is green too. I’m bummed! Thinking there’s no way I’m going to catch any fish in this dingy water. I was a good 7 hours from home and paid the money for a daily fishing license so I figured I would at least give it a try. I found a good zone and tied on some nymphs. I fish my way up through the run ¬†and no luck. When reaching the top of the run I figure I was almost done. I then decided to fish my way back to the truck and head out. I tied on my sink tip leader and a Platte River Spider (baby brown trout streamer). I make a few casts and then slam fish on. I’m suppressed! I strip back a 12″ brown trout. I let him go and take a few steps down river and make a couple more cats. Slam again another fish. This guy was a beast. This is why I made the trip. He owned me and ended up getting away. I was blown away. I was about to quit. I repeat the process for the next couple hours. Catching fish all the way down the river. I was having a blast. Never have I had such success swinging a streamer. Around 1:30 I start to see fish slurping. There was some kind of hatch going on but I couldn’t be bothered. I had a working set up and decided to stick to it. While walking down stream catching fish and watching fish go wild on the top of the water mad me a firm believer that this is truly a world class river. I fished until around 6:30 starting to get hungry and knowing I had a long drive ahead I decided to pack it up. I would recommend that everyone makes a trip here some day. River access is easy and also there’s a lot of campsites next to the water. I think it would be a fun weekend trip.

4 Comments

  1. I have heard nothing but positive things about this river lately. I may have to research it sometime. I’m fairly sure it would be a trek for me but I’m willing to explore new territory!

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    • I was out of the loop and now I’m in. I plan to make a yearly trip from now on.

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      • that’s awesome….sounds like a good yearly trip to make for certain!!!

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  2. The terrain really doesn’t make me thing of Oregon at all. You got some good fish!!

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