Southeast of Portland near John Day, the John Day River provides over 100 miles of roadless floating for amazing smallmouth bass fly fishing. With the largest steel head runs in the lower 48, you can expect to catch between 50 to 100 fish in a typical day. Most of the steelhead are from 10 to 12 inches in length, but if you are lucky, you may land ones up to 24 inches.
Most of the guided, multi-day trips start from Condon, Oregon, and the guides provide the tents.
Overall, John Day River is the 13th most popular fly fishing river of all 22 fly fishing spots in Oregon.