Best Oregon Fly Fishing Rivers

Oregon has 22 fly fish spots.

Located in the US, the fly fishing in Oregon offers over twenty awesome fly fishing destinations. The best Oregon fly fishing based on popularity are considered to be Owyhee River, Metolius River, Upper Deschutes River, Chewaucan 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.

Featured FLY FISHING RIVERS

Metolius River

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.  MORE INFO

Owyhee River

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.  MORE INFO

Upper Deschutes 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.  MORE INFO

Minam River

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.  MORE INFO

Imnaha River

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.  MORE INFO

Chewaucan River

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.  MORE INFO

Williamson River

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.  MORE INFO

Wallowa River

Northeast of La Grande near Minam, the Wallowa River starts at Wallowa Lake and runs 50 miles to the confluence with the Grande Ronde River. It is known for its steelhead and rainbow trout. The early spring run of steelhead is very popular, especially around late March.  MORE INFO

Upper Rogue River

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...  MORE INFO

Grande Ronde River

Northeast of La Grande, the Grande Ronde is popular with fly fishermen. The Grande Ronde is well known for rainbow trout and steelhead fishing in October. There is good fly fishing access for the Grande Ronde River from Grande Ronde Road (aka Troy River Road) that follows the western back from the Washington state line upstream to the south.  MORE INFO

Clackamas River

Southeast of Portland, the Clackamas River is popular with fly fishermen. The Clackamas River is well known for steelhead fishing from January through May.  MORE INFO

Siletz River

Southwest of Salem near Siletz, the Siletz River is know for steelhead and Chinook runs. The steelhead run both summer and winter, while the Chinook are in Spring and Fall.  MORE INFO

Umpqua River

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.  MORE INFO

John Day River

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.  MORE INFO

Blitzen River

South of Burns near Frenchglen, the Blitzen River runs through a narrow, high-desert canyon that has plenty of redband trout. The redband trout are a sub-species of rainbow trout, and average about a foot long.  MORE INFO

Lower Deschutes 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.  MORE INFO

Crooked River

Northeast of Bend and southwest of Prineville, the Crooked River is popular with fly fisherman for its trout. This tailwater fishery is known for its prolific hatches of caddis, midges and mayflies. The Crooked River is open to yearround fishery.  MORE INFO

North Santiam River

Southeast of Salem and east of Mehama, the North Santiam River is popular with fly fisherman. The North Santiam River starts in the Cascades and flows west for 90 miles to the Santiam River confluence. The North Santiam River is known for its Wild Winter Run Steelhead from January through April, but there are plenty of native rainbow trout and cutthroat trout to be found in the summer.  MORE INFO

Wood River

Northeast of Medford and north of Chiloquin, the Wood River is popular with fly fisherman for big brown trout. The headwaters of the Wood River start north of Chiloquin and flow south downstream to the Upper Klamath Lake.  MORE INFO

Fall River

Southwest of Bend, the Fall River is popular with fly fisherman for its rainbow trout and brown trout. The Fall River is a natural spring creek that runs downstream northeast for 10 miles to the Deschutes River confluence. The best section for fly fishing on the Fall River is...  MORE INFO

McKenzie River

East of Eugene and west of Sisters, the McKenzie River has Class II+ water making for technical fly fishing from boats. The river runs through thick old growth cedars past waterfalls and hot springs.  MORE INFO