Smallmouth bass: April through October
Steelhead: October through December
Smallmouth bass 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.
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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.
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.
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.