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
Fishing should be good all day long. Cover as much water as possible in a day. Fish are spread out through out the entire river. Guided here the lower river yesterday and found several nice steelhead.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing John Day River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 870 cfs

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 40 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

Swing flies on floating lines, or 5 and 5 tips.

7-Day Forecast

River will experience some high water the next few days, but will drop back to shape quick. Should be fishable most of the week.

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