John Day River Report

Orvis Company

Report Date:

Steelhead are spread out through the entire river. They like to hang out in the riffles and the deep holes directly below them. Floating and intermediate lines have been working best. No need to fish the fly deep.

Water flow: 512 CFS

Visibility: 50 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 34 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: All day

Best stretch: Kimberly to Mcdonald's Ferry

Best access point: Cottonwood Canyon State Park,Thirtymile, Clarno,Service CreekTwickenham, Spray

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:


Fish species: Steelhead, Smal mouth Bass

Fishing season: January through December

Nearest airport: PDX or BEND/REDMOND

Recommended fly fishing leader: 6 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet: 2X Tippet

Best fly fishing rod: 9' 6 Weight Fly Rod

Best floating fly line: Superfine WF Fly Line

Best sinking fly line: Clear Sink Tip Fly Line

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