Tucked away in eastern Oregon, not far from Boise, Idaho, Oregon’s finest trophy brown trout river flows discreetly through desert rim rock and sage. It is a relatively small river but its’ honey-colored browns are anything but small, averaging 16 to 20 inches with considerably larger fish present. The Owyhee has a long season and a rich progression of vibrant insect hatches. The seasonal highlights are the skwalla stonefly hatch of March and early April along with the terrestrial season occuring mid August through September. If big browns on dries are something you want to experience, this is the very best Oregon has to offer.
The Owyhee is a unique fishery in the scope of Oregon waterways. It is one of the few places in the state where dry fly opportunties for trophy brown trout abound. To experience this river, we have teamed up with Cory Godell, owner and operator of Deschutes River Anglers. Central Oregon born and raised, Cory began fishing the rivers of the state at a young age and has now spent over two decades guiding them. A self-described "dry fly nut," it is no wonder Cory fell in love with the Owyhee at a young age and has centered part of his outfitting calendar around this special place.
The Owyhee is a small desert river where all fishing is done on foot. A Forest Service road follows the river for many miles, allowing access to some of the best dry fly water in all of Oregon. Large brown trout are the quarry, but don’t be surprised if you run into a super charged rainbow trout or two. The river is blessed with an incredible amount of bug life. The trout have a continuous conveyor belt of food headed their way almost the entire year. During the late summer the Owyhee is one of the best hopper fisheries west of the Rocky Mountains. For anglers that enjoy fishing streamers, the Owyhee is also a great place to practice your craft. Pods of rising fish are common during many months of the season and during the best mayfly hatches, you may not move for an hour as you cast to risers.
Accomodations and Meals:
To experience this desert dry fly oasis, the outfitter has set up a comfortable tent camp on a piece of private riverside property for guests. While this camp is situated along the Owyhee, it is an approximate 5-10 minute drive from the prime fishing areas of the river. This camp provides single accommodations in spacious Montana Canvas wall tents. There will be a bathroom available in camp, and often times a shower. Lake Owyhee State Park is a quick 10-15 minute drive from camp, where hot showers are always available for a few dollars.
Meals at the Owyhee Basecamp are hearty and freshly-cooked to keep you fueled for long days on the water. Clients will awake each morning to a hot pot of coffee to kick off the day. From there, breakfasts typically consist of breakfast burritos, Cory's famous "El Chancho" (eggs over hashbrowns with avocado and cheese), or other hot grab n' go options to ensure you are on the water in a timely manner. Lunches are a delicious riverside bbq to keep you on the water for the second half of your day. Upon arrival in camp each evening, guests can expect appetizers followed by dinner. Dinners at the camp consist of salads, vegetables, a protein and desert. Vegetarian options are also available upon request. While alcoholic beverages are not included in the package price, please feel free to bring any beer, wine or liquor of your choosing to enjoy. The outfitter will have plenty of water, sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages available.
Day 1: Arrive Boise, Idaho and if arriving late, overnight at your independently arranged accommodations (not included).
Day 2: Rent a car (not included) and drive (approximately one and a half hours) to the river where you will meet your guide for a full day of fishing, then overnight.
Day 3: Full day of guided fishing. Overnight.
Day 4: Full day of guided fishing. Depart for Boise and home or points beyond.
2019 Rates: $1,250 per person for a 3 day/2 night package for 2 to 4 anglers
*Custom packages of varying length are also available
Included: On water meals, non-alcoholic beverages, guided fishing, tackle, fly rods, and flies.
Not Included: Round trip airfare to Boise, Idaho, accommodations in Boise, transportation between Boise and camp, fishing license (available online), alcohol, personal items, guide gratuities, waders, boots with studs and sleeping bag.
Species: Brown trout and rainbow trout
Season: March to October
Capacity: 4 anglers