Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Hood River, Oregon

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Brandon Bischof

Bischof's Fly Fishing

Phone icon541-977-2796 Email iconfishonbbb@gmail.com Link iconjohndaydeschutes.com
P.O. Box 165
Madras, OR 97741

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The Story

Go fly-fishing in Oregon with Orvis-endorsed guide Brandon Bischof. The John Day is regarded as one of the top smallmouth bass fisheries in the western United States. The state record of six lbs. was taken from this area. The average fish spans 8 to 12 inches, with fish up to 23 inches present. The abundance of fish and their willingness to attack surface flies are what make the John Day such a productive river to fish. During the peak fishing months of June through August, it is not uncommon to have a 100 fish day per rod. The scenery and the fishing are spectacular and clients say that the trip was beyond their expectations. The John Day is a unique fishery in that it supports a huge population of bass, but when the river cools down in the fall, it supports the largest run of all wild steelhead left in the mid Columbia Basin. All of these amazing fishing opportunities exist in one of the most wild and scenic river canyons in the lower 48 states. Bischof's Flyfishing knows this river well and can put you on the most productive floats, depending on the time of year, river levels, and species. We are one of the longest running fly-fishing guide services on the John Day River.

What is Provided:

Lunch, all flies, fly rods, a guide, and drift boat are provided on all day trips. Anglers are responsible for their own Oregon fishing license and steelhead tags.

Gear Recommendations:

For Smallmouth bass, we suggest fly rods 8 to 9 feet ranging from 4 wt.-6 wt. Floating lines and tapered leaders 7 ft., 2X.

Steelhead fishing requires single hand, switch, or spey rods from 10 ft. to 13 ft. with 6 wt. and 7 wt. being ideal. Floating lines and 10 ft. tapered leader to OX tippit.

What to Bring:

Binoculars, Camera


Smallmouth bass: April through October
Steelhead: October through December


Smallmouth bass and wild steelhead.


The John Day River sits at the bottom of a massive basalt (lava rock) canyon with impressive rock formations, studied by geologists from all over the world. The terrain is rugged and quite impressive. The river itself is one of the longest, undammed, free-flowing rivers left in the lower 48 states.

Typical Weather:

  • Winter months range from lows of 20s to highs in the 40s F.
  • Springtime can range from 30s to high 80s.
  • Summer weather is hot and dry and can range from 60 to over 100 degrees.
  • Fall is mild with lows in the 30s to highs of 60s.

You can find all pricing information at: https://johndaydeschutes.com

Additional Activities:

Upland game bird hunting can be excellent here with large populations of chukar, pheasant, and quail. A short road trip to visit any of the nearby fossil beds is well worth a look, also.

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