The Owyhee River
The Owyhee River
The Owyhee River is a tail water fishery and home to one of the most incredible brown trout fisheries in North America. Fishing the Owyhee offers remarkable chances to catch large trout on 4-6 weight fly rods on dry flies. Even the largest brown trout, can be very active surface feeders. Fish average 17-21 inches, with larger fish not uncommon.
The Owyhee River is a very special fishery and we look forward to sharing it with you. Guided fishing is all walk-and-wade on the Owyhee River. The Owyhee is a year-round fishery with summer flows around 300 c.f.s., while winter flows average 30 c.f.s. through this beautiful canyon.
Spring fishing kicks off with the exciting Squalla stonefly hatch along with consistent mid-day blue-winged olive and midge hatches. May and June bring Pale Morning Dun, Callibaetis, many types of caddis, with ants and beetles marking the start of terrestrial fishing. Mid-summer adds the excitement of hopper fishing to the mix of hatchers already underway – some years, the hopper fishing can be stunning!
Fall weather brings Mahogany and Baetis hatches, which continue into the fall brown trout spawning season (Nov-Dec). At this time, we leave the trout in the Owyhee River alone and shift our focus to swinging steelhead flies on the Grande Rhonde and Idaho rivers.
This river has many hatches throughout the year. Idaho Angler guides are up to speed on current conditions and hatches and can help you have a fun and productive day on this amazing river.
Booking days are limited, so be sure to reserve your Owyhee River fishing trip now. *Please be aware that, per Oregon regulations, we are currently not allowed to guide on the Owyhee from December 1st through February 28th.
A NOTE ABOUT RETRIEVE: Reels are designated as either left and or right hand retrieve, which simply refers to the hand used for reeling in line. Modern reels convert easily between right or left hand retrieve. However, it is important for an angler to designate how they want the reel set up before the backing and line are spooled onto the reel. Many right-handed casters use left hand retrieve on their reels so they don’t have to switch hands between casting and fighting a fish. Other anglers prefer to use their dominant hand for both casting and reeling, so they switch hands on the rod after a fish is hooked.