John Day River, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Brandon Bischof
Fly Fishing Map of John Day River, OR
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John Day River, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fish are spread out everywhere. Some of the best dry fly fishing is in the riffles and tail outs, along with the grassy banks with lot's of structure (boulders).
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing John Day River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 200 CFS

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 70 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: All day

Best stretch: Kimberly to Cottonwood Bridge

Best access point: Cottonwood Canyon State Park,Thirtymile, Clarno, Twickenham, Spray

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:


Fish species: small mouth bass

Fishing season: March through October

Nearest airport: PDX or BEND/REDMOND

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John Day River Description

The John Day is recognized as one of the west's best small mouth bass river's. This river offers over 150 miles of prime bass habitat and huge populations of bass. Managed as a trophy fishery, small mouth up to 20 inches are consistently caught here. Most fish run between 8 and 12 inches, but rise readily to surface flies all day long. 30 to 50 fish days are very common here during the summer months. The ...

Techniques & Tips

Poppers, and streamers fished with quick retrieves.

7-Day Forecast

River is in good shape and dropping rapidly. Fishing will be good all week. Late June into August is as good as it gets for small mouth bass on the John Day.

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