Fly Fishing the Owyhee River in Oregon

Southeast Oregon’s Owyhee River tail water section boasts some of the best fly fishing in the entire United States. Brown trout in the 20”-24” range are common and readily rise to the dry fly. Because of the on-going hatching of insects along the river, fly fishing can be fantastic at any time of the year.  Owyhee River Guide Service provides its clients with the most effective fly fishing patterns and instruction to fish this river effectively and land some trophy-size brown trout.

One of the Owyhee River’s most unique characteristics is its shallow gradient. From the dam to the beginning of the canyon lands, a distance of approximately 14 miles, there is only 100’ of fall. This creates short riffle, long pool scenarios throughout this tail water system. Drifts are so long one has the tendency to admire the surroundings, forgetting about the fly. Oregon wildlife abounds along the river. Deer, heron, weasel, coyote, cormorant, osprey, bald eagle, quail, chukar and even the occasional turkey can join you along the river while you fish.

Although camping is allowed on the Owyhee, quality campsites are rare. With the cities of Nampa, Caldwell and Boise in such close proximity, hotels and motels are readily available. Many have several eateries within walking distance. Owyhee River Guide Service offers free shuttle service to clients who book with the preferred hotels listed on our fly fishing trip rates page. This includes airport arrivals and departures.