Located in the US, the fly fishing in Oregon offers over ten good fly fishing spots. The best Oregon fly fishing based on popularity are considered to be Owyhee River, Metolius River, Chewaucan River, Upper Deschutes River, and Imnaha River. For a detailed fly fishing river description and printable river access map, just select a Oregon fly fishing river or stream below.
Northwest of Bend and Sisters near Camp Sherman, the Metolius River is a very scenic fly fishing river. The river passes through a cedar and ponderosa forest. Known for wild rainbow trout and bull trout, the Metolius River is open year-round to catch and release fly fishing.
Southwest of Nyssa in west-central Oregon, the Owyhee River below the Owyhee Dam is known for its stocked brown trout and rainbow trout. The most popular stretch is the tailwater trout fishery starting just below the Owyhee Dam and runs north for 10 miles to the confluence with the Snake River.
The Deschutes River is a long river that meaders its way from south of Bend northward to the confluence with the Columiba River near Moody which is east of The Dalles. The Deschutes River is known for its rainbow trout and steelhead.
Northeast of La Grande near Minam, the Minam River runs about 50 miles from the headwaters in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area northward down to the Wallowa River confluence in Minam. The Minam River is a designated Wild and Scenic River. It is known for its rainbow trout, brook trout, bull trout, steelhead and of course, its spring time Chinook run. Keep in mind that fishing for bull trout, steelhead and chinook on the Minam River is prohibited.
Northeast of La Grande near Minam, the Imnaha River runs about 75 miles from the headwaters in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area northward down to the Snake River confluence north of Hells Canyon. The Imnaha River is a designated Wild and Scenic River. It is known for its rainbow trout, steelhead and of course, its spring time Chinook run. Keep in mind that fishing for chinook on the Imnaha River is prohibited.
Southeast of Bend near Paisley, the Chewaucan River is one of the few remaining secrets in Oregon. This river is not well-known, but is very scenic for its forested sections and meadows. The headwaters are about 23 miles southwest up in the Fremont National Forest. The sections through the National Forest offer plenty of access.
Northeast of Medford near Chiloquin, the Williamson River starts in the springs near Klamath Marsh and heads southwest through Chiloquin to Upper Klamath Lake. This 75 mile river is known for its huge rainbow trout, many of which are over 18 inches long. But these monsters are smart and can be difficult to land. Look for the red band rainbows which can be landed with nymphs.
North of Medford near Shady Cove, the Upper Rogue River is a 30 mile stretch from Lost Creek Reservoir downstream southwest to Gold Ray Dam near Gold Hill. It is known for rainbow trout, steelhead and Chinook salmon. There are also some cutthroat trout and Coho salmon. The best section for fly fishing on the Rogue River is...
Near Roseburg, the Umpqua River is famous for steelhead and smallmouth bass fly fishing. A great stretch to drift boat is from Yellow Creek to the Umpqua RV Park (8 miles from Elkton). The North Fork of the Umpqua is well-known for its summer steelhead run from June through October.
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.