John Day River, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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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
Ice affected right now. Should warm up and thaw out by mid week. The lower river near Cottonwood Canyon State Park should be ice free before the upper river around Spray. Steelhead are present in fair numbers through out the entire main stem of the John Day.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing John Day River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 190 CFS

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 33 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

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 should be fishable by mid to end of this week.

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