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 poppers, mice, and grass hoppers along the banks and back eddies. Quick short retrieves produce the most strikes. Fishing has been best in the afternoon.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing John Day River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 260 cfs

Visibility: 57 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 60 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Afternoon

Best stretch: Kimberly to Mcdonald's Ferry

Best access point: Cottonwood Canyon State Park,Thirtymile, Clarno,Service CreekTwickenham, 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

Person Fishing in a stream

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

Medium to Large sized streamers fished in the slow water, the deeper the fly gets the better. Poppers fished close to shore.

7-Day Forecast

River is low and clear and will be good fly fishing all week

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