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Owyhee River - Below Owyhee - Oregon

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Black Beauty
February Blue winged Olive Mid-day 16-22 Blue Winged Olive
March Blue winged Olive, Midges Mid-day/ Afternoon 16-22/ 18-22 Blue Winged Olive, Griffith’s Gnat
April Blue winged Olive, Midges Mid-day/ Afternoon 16-22/ 18-22 Blue Winged Olive, Griffith’s Gnat, Zebra Midge
May Caddis All day 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, X Caddis
June Caddis, Pale Morning Dun Morning/ Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Pale Morning Dun
July Grasshoppers, Ants All day 8-14 Dave’s Hopper, Foam Beetle
August Grasshoppers, Ants All day 8-14 Dave’s Hopper, Foam Beetle
September Blue Winged Olive Mid-day/ Afternoon 16-22 Blue Winged Olive
October Midges, Blue Winged Olive Afternoon/ Mid-day 18-22/ 16-22 Zebra Midge, Black Beauty, Blue Winged Olive
November Blue Winged Olive Mid-day 16-22 Blue Winged Olive
December Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Black Beauty

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Owyhee River below the Owyhee Dam is a haven for fly fishers, boasting some of the finest brown trout fishing in the region. Here are several excellent locations to explore:

  • The Owyhee Dam: Just below the dam, offers access to a popular fishing hole with excellent catch rates.
  • Snively Hot Springs: The area near the hot springs is renowned for its brown trout populations.
  • Rome Valley: A bit more remote, the Rome valley offers seclusion and fantastic fishing.
  • Owyhee River Ranch: Known for its private access point to the river, fishers can explore a diverse stretch of water home to both brown and rainbow trout.

Remember to follow local fishing regulations. Happy fly fishing on the Owyhee River!

Best Access Points

Below the Owyhee Dam in Eastern Oregon is a popular destination for fly fishing. The following points recommend the best access points:

  • Rome Ramp: At Rome, Oregon, approximately a 25-mile drive from the Owyhee Dam, easily accessible by road.
  • Owyhee Dam: Directly below the Dam is a recommended spot for fishing, with easy road access and parking.
  • Snively Hot Springs: Located at the site of a natural hot spring, this point provides good fishing opportunities.
  • McCormick Park: This 109-acre public park just downstream of the city of Adrian offers river accessibility for fly fishing.
  • Three Forks: A popular camping site and rest stop, the Three Forks area presents some excellent fishing spots.
  • Birch Creek: This remote location is characterized by canyon views and numerous fishing spots.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: Fly fishing for Brown Trout is a popular activity on the Owyhee River due to their abundance and large size.
  • Rainbow Trout: These fish are also abundant in the Owyhee River and provide an excellent sport for anglers.
  • Mountain Whitefish: While not as popular as the trout species, they provide a steady action for fly fishers.
  • Bull Trout: Although they are less common, the opportunity to catch a Bull Trout adds to the exciting challenge of fishing on the Owyhee River.
  • Large Mouth Bass: Predominantly found in the slower portions of the river, they offer another species for anglers to target.
  • Small Mouth Bass: They populate the warmer, lower sections of the river and are a fun species to fly fish for.
  • Crappie: These are a popular species amongst anglers fishing on the Owyhee River, specifically loved for their taste.
  • Channel Catfish: Although not commonly targeted with fly fishing, these provide an alternative species for those anglers looking for variety.

About The River

If you’re a fan of jaw-dropping natural beauty, then the Owyhee River – Below Owyhee will surely impress. Nestled in the remote northeastern corner of Nevada, the river’s adventurer-friendly white waters are surrounded by dramatic, colorful cliffs. Named after three Hawaiians who explored the river for beaver pelts in the early 1800s, ‘Owyhee’ is actually an old spelling of ‘Hawaii’.

  • 19th Century – The river’s name was coined when the three ‘Owyhee’ explorers disappeared and were presumed dead – making each bend and rapid a monument to their memory.
  • Early 20th Century – The river served as the lifeblood for small mining and ranching communities, paving a way for dialogue between Native American tribes and settlers.
  • Modern Day – Today, it’s a pristine, recreational haven for rafters, kayakers, and anglers, and an important habitat for a variety of wildlife.

Even with its harsh, isolated terrain, the Owyhee River is truly a hidden gem woven with remarkable history and spellbinding beauty.


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