John Day River Fly Fishing

The 13th most popular fly fishing river in Oregon.

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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.


Local Contact(s):  Malheur National Forest (541) 575-1731; Oregon Tourism (800) 547-7842; Mah-Hah Outfitters (888) 624-9424; Oregon Fish And Wildlife (541) 440-3353; Little Creek Outfitters (503) 944-9165.

Recommended Book:  "Fly Fishing Guide To Oregon" from John Shewey

Recommended Map:  "Oregon River Map" from Frank Amoto

Best Season:  June - mid Aug.

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Service Creek Stage Stop, Fossil (541) 468-3331; BLM Service Creek Campground (541) 416-6700

Luxury Loding:  Hotel Condon (541) 384-4624

Reference Source:  click here

Article Source:   Best John Day River Fly Fishing Review

GPS:  44.415808, -119.089683

Date Published:  12/27/2015

Date Updated:  7/26/2016

ID:  19963

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