Owyhee River adventure

I have been out of town and basically “off the grid” for the last two weeks.  Last week was football camp at the University of Idaho which is probably pretty uninteresting to anyone reading this blog post but it is the week before that which should get your attention.  That week I made my way up to the Owyhee River in Southeastern Oregon on a solo trip for 5 days.  It had been on my list for the last couple of years and I had read a bit about it.  So I hooked up the trailer and headed out for a trip that I thought was going to be about 7 hours tops to get there and due to some poor research it wound up being more like 9.  Not an easy place to get too, but once there I figured out the lay of the land and found a simple campsite at the dam for $5 a night.  This included a flat grassy area to put the trailer, big cottonwoods for shade, an outhouse, and a spigot for water.  All this 50 yards from the water. Nirvana!  There were more fisherman than I thought since Boise is about an hour and half away.  I was able to find good water to myself for the entire time I was there as I worked a 2 to 3 mile stretch from the dam to below the campground. There is so much more river to explore. Fishing was spectacular!  Lots of fish 18 inches and bigger.  I caught them slack line and straight line nymphing without any weight.  Leave the indicators at home.  On the surface, since there was a decent PMD hatch every afternoon, and finally on streamers.  I have included a few photos but taking pictures of the fish you caught by yourself with your smart phone is never easy and I am sure quite comical to watch.  I was amazed by the both the quality and quantity of the fish. Mostly browns with a few rainbows mixed in.  This is definitely not an easy place to get too and my advice is to top off your gas tank at every gas station since this is a pretty remote area.  I almost paid a price for not adhering to that rule.  There are no hotels or restaurants in the area so if you are not going to camp you would be traveling about 3 hours every day to and from the river.   It was great being off the grid for three days.  It is about 40 miles round trip to get any cell service.  I was also warned about the amount of rattle snakes in the area but I never saw any.  It was an awesome trip that I will definitely do again and if you like adventure with your fishing so should you.

Just a reminder, I will be running the first of my summer full day Intensive Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshops this Saturday 6/25.  Contact me or the shop if you are interested or have any questions.  Let me get you started or help you with any issues you might be having.  Local waters are fishing very well and that will continue throughout the summer.

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Rick McGuire, TFFO Instructor, 530-318-5694, rickemcguire@yahoo.com