Owyhee River is a fly fishing location in Canyon County, Oregon.
This destination has an elevation of 2187 feet. Please view the pinpointed location for Owyhee River on the Google Map to the right.
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SKWALA WATCH: The hatch just started. Things are slow, but should pick up as we get further towards April.
We hit the Owyhee yesterday (03/16) and had another one of those stupid days -- the BWOs and Midges were so thick on the water it actually got a little difficult. It was tough for fish to pick out the artificial fly from the naturals. Fishing can be great this time of year, but it can also be difficult and frustrating -- those browns aren't push-overs and as mentioned, the river can turn into a bug factory quickly.
Once you start competing with the bugs, it's best to switch up tactics and target selectively feeding fish. With so many heads up on the surface it's easy to get into a 'whack-a-mole' situation. If you start chasing every rise form you see...let the frustration begin!
Slow it down and take a breath -- you're not going to catch all of them. Pick your fish! Scout the edges and look for the 'consistent fish'. More times than not, you're going to have two types of rise forms -- the ones created by fish 'cruising' in a general area feeding sporadically (the tough ones) and the ones locked down, committed to a tight feeding lane, and eating in the same area consistently. These are the fish you're looking for.
Watch the rise forms and do your best to determine what type (Midge or BWO) and phase they're keyed on (emerger, adult, cripple, or spent). Get into position and fire away!
Our best producing patterns have been...
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(03/19/11 by dreamsonthefly)
The Owyhee River is a blue ribbon trout stream that some fly anglers
consider the best brown trout fly fishing destination in the west. There
is an excellent insect population with frequent hatches and there are very
large browns and rainbows that feed aggressively on these insects. Not
only are the trout large but the population density is high. The average
size of the browns is between 16 and 20 inches with plenty of fish pushing
the two foot mark. The rainbows are large as well and are nearly
impossible to land if you hook one of these giants. An 18 inch rainbow is
(08/12/08 by aidema)