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 the deep slow holes down stream of the riffles. The more larger rocks (structure) the better. Fish are present from Tumwater falls all the way up in to the North Fork. With the river as cold as it is, most of the steelhead are hanging out in the the slow current.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing John Day River is currently Fish somewhere else this week

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 1330 cfs

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 35 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: All day

Best stretch: cottonwood canyon to mcdonald fery

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

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:


Fish species: Steelhead, Smal mouth Bass

Fishing season: January through December

Nearest airport: PDX or BEND/REDMOND

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

Swing flies, and cover lot's of water.

7-Day Forecast

River will be ice affected this week. I would not bother fishing here until the weather settles down.

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