Dreams On the fly https://www.dreamsonthefly.com Boise area fly fishing guides for the Owyhee River & Grande Ronde in Oregon Wed, 20 Mar 2019 22:18:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 Owyhee Wilderness 7 day for Smallmouth Bass https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/2019/03/18/owyhee-wilderness-7-day-for-smallmouth-bass/ Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:22:59 +0000 https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/?p=1214 The post Owyhee Wilderness 7 day for Smallmouth Bass appeared first on Dreams On the fly.

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$3085 per person double occupancy 2-6 people

Please note that all Owyhee Float trips will begin on a Tuesday.

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The Owyhee River from Rome, Oregon to Birch Creek is a 7 day float trip. There is a small window for floating the river due to the water levels and the water temperatures.

There are no roads for almost 49 miles, there is no cell service, no Internet connection….no people! But lots of smallmouth bass…like every cast! The NY Times article in ’08 reports the Owyhee is “The Grand Canyon of Oregon.” Fishing for smallmouth on this Wild & Scenic river is as good as the well known John Day River fishing was 20 years ago.

The average smallmouth will be 10-14” with an occasional 17-18” fish. These bass are extremely aggressive and will hammer any topwater flies with a vengeance.

Floating along the Owyhee River in Oregon, you pass through astonishing high desert canyonlands with thousand foot rhyolite cliffs and sand castle rock formations. Visitors will marvel at the variety of birds and mammals, including river otters, bighorn sheep and golden eagles. Not only is this a fantastic fishing trip, but a photographers dream!

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Owyhee River Fishing Report March 10, 2019 https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/2019/03/12/owyhee-river-fishing-report-march-10-2019/ Tue, 12 Mar 2019 15:54:11 +0000 https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/?p=1205 We are starting to enjoy some sunshine and warmer temperatures on the Owyhee River. Currently winter flows are 35cfs and expected to increase in April. Higher flows in April and May are very likely, due to significant snow pack accumulation. We are not sure exactly when those flows will increase but historically April 15 is […]

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We are starting to enjoy some sunshine and warmer temperatures on the Owyhee River. Currently winter flows are 35cfs and expected to increase in April. Higher flows in April and May are very likely, due to significant snow pack accumulation. We are not sure exactly when those flows will increase but historically April 15 is when the irrigation season begins and soon after is when we see increased flows. What those levels will be is also in question but we suspect that their will be a period of time in April/May when walking and wading the Owyhee River below the dam will be unrealistic and difficult due to higher flows. It could be a great time to float down the Owyhee if flows reach levels that would allow this, I’d say 1000+cfs. Presently I have been scouting the Owyhee for signs of Skwala stoneflies. Upon throwing a nymph rig in the mid- morning hours while exploring the river bed for aquatic insects I soon discovered numerous Skwala nymphs in the shallows up and down the banks of the river. I saw enough Skwala nymphs to get excited about tying on a Skwala nymph imitation and brought some beautiful browns to the net for doing so. Right around noon I located some browns feeding on Blue Winged Olives in a couple of locations. Being pleasantly surprised with the response to the Skwala nymph pattern I decided to throw a Skwala dry fly to the rising fish. With an immediate look, a big bump and ultimately a refusal on the fly, it was evident that the fish are looking up for these bugs and that any day now we’ll begin to see Skwala flies on the surface. The Browns continued to feed on the surface but Skwalas where not on the menu. After being refused with the big bug I knew exactly what I needed to do, so I tied on an adult Blue Winged Olive dry fly pattern and BANG first cast, hooked up with a really nice Brown. From nearly right at 1pm until just after 4pm it became a Blue Winged Olive Bonanza. Frequently rising fish continued to eat our dry flies. We hooked fish on several BWO dry fly patterns. When the surface action came to a complete halt right around 4pm we were able to pick up a few more nymphing but the action really slowed down.

Here’s a few patterns to try right now when you’re out on the Owyhee River.

Skwala stone nymphs- brown, grey and olive girdle bugs and rubber legged stone patterns size 12/14 Prince nymph size 12, bead head hare’s ear size 12

Zebra Midge- in a variety of colors size 18-22 black, olive, brown and red will fish. Split-back BWO nymph size 20, pheasant tail nymph size 20, hot spot attractor nymphs size 18 red, orange and yellow hot spots are going to fish.

Skwala dries- CDC wing skwala dark body black, brown & grey size 12, bullet head skwala size 12, stimulator style skwala dark body, black and brown size 12

BWO dry flies- CDC wing size 20/22, cripple size 20, comparadun size 20/22

Midge dry flies- Griffith’s nat size 20/22, suspended midge black & white size 22/24, sparkle CDC wing size 24/26

Dry dropper combinations with Skwala dries and small nymphs will catch fish.

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Grande Ronde Steelhead full day float and/or walk & wade https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/2019/02/11/grande-ronde-steelhead-full-day-float-and-or-walk-wade/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 22:41:36 +0000 https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/?p=1133 The post Grande Ronde Steelhead full day float and/or walk & wade appeared first on Dreams On the fly.

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$500 for 1 or 2 anglers additional angler $250

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Steelhead offer a unbelievable fight. When they jump & have you running for the tailout the thrill begins as your knees shake. Known for spectacular acrobatics and vicious runs, steelhead send pulses racing. Dreams on the Fly has been guiding the Grande Ronde for over 20 years. Don’t leave your next steelhead trip to chance go with those that know this river!

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3 days Grande Ronde Smallmouth bass float https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/2019/02/11/3-days-grande-ronde-smallmouth-bass-float/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 22:38:42 +0000 https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/?p=1131 The post 3 days Grande Ronde Smallmouth bass float appeared first on Dreams On the fly.

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$1585 per person double occupancy 2 – 6 people

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Noted as one of Washington’s blue ribbon waters, the Grande Ronde is an excellent 3 day float trip for smallmouth bass. Our 3 day trips are all inclusive, and the weather is very warm so pack accordingly. There is also a tremendous amount of wildlife, so be sure to pack your camera.

Enjoy the deep canyons of Eastern Washington as you meander down the Grande Ronde fishing for smallmouth bass. Our 3 day float trips are just the ticket for relaxing, warm summertime fishing and fun.

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4 days 3 nights Grande Ronde Steelhead https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/2019/02/11/4-days-3-nights-grande-ronde-steelhead/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 22:36:24 +0000 https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/?p=1128 The post 4 days 3 nights Grande Ronde Steelhead appeared first on Dreams On the fly.

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$1975 per person double occupancy 2 – 6 people

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The steelhead in the Grande Ronde average 6-10 pounds, with 15-pound fish possible. The fight they offer is unbelievable. When they jump, and have you running for the tailout you feel the thrill as your knees begin to shake. Known for spectacular acrobatics and vicious runs, steelhead send pulses racing.

Typically we like to dry fly fish during the early fall. But that can only last as long as the water temperatures are warmer than 42 degrees. Spey rods are our usual method of swinging flies and sink tips and/or weighted flies are used when the weather cools to maximize your results. Fishing continues throughout the winter, with productivity higher on warmer days. October 2 through November 15.

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Grande Ronde Steelhead 3 day float trip https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/2019/02/11/grande-ronde-steelhead-3-day-float-trip/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 22:34:49 +0000 https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/?p=1126 The post Grande Ronde Steelhead 3 day float trip appeared first on Dreams On the fly.

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$1585 per person double occupancy 2 – 6 people

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The steelhead in the Grande Ronde average 6-10 pounds, with 15-pound fish possible. The fight they offer is unbelievable. When they jump, and have you running for the tailout you feel the thrill as your knees begin to shake. Known for spectacular acrobatics and vicious runs, steelhead send pulses racing.

Typically we like to dry fly fish during the early fall. But that can only last as long as the water temperatures are warmer than 42 degrees. Spey rods are our usual method of swinging flies and sink tips and/or weighted flies are used when the weather cools to maximize your results. Fishing continues throughout the winter, with productivity higher on warmer days. October 2 through November 15.

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Owyhee River full day walk & wade for TROPHY brown trout! https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/2019/02/11/owyhee-river-full-day-walk-wade-for-trophy-brown-trout/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 22:33:08 +0000 https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/?p=1124 The post Owyhee River full day walk & wade for TROPHY brown trout! appeared first on Dreams On the fly.

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$500 for 1 or 2 anglers additional angler $250

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Located in Oregon, just 50 miles from Boise, Idaho, the Owyhee river draws anglers from all corners of the world. This premier brown trout fishery provides the angler with the opportunity to fish dry flies, streamers and nymphs to some very large fish. The vast smorgasbord of insects provide the food source for the abundant fish population. Not only are there great numbers of fish, but also great numbers of large fish. The average size of the brown trout are 17-21 inches with a few monsters at 2 feet plus.

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Owyhee Wilderness 5 days for Smallmouth https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/2019/02/11/owyhee-wilderness-5-days-for-smallmouth/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 22:26:15 +0000 https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/?p=1117 The post Owyhee Wilderness 5 days for Smallmouth appeared first on Dreams On the fly.

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$2360 per person double occupancy 2-6 people

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The Owyhee River from Rome, Oregon to Birch Creek is a 5 day float trip. There is a small window for floating the river due to the water levels and the water temperatures.

There are no roads for almost 49 miles, there is no cell service, no Internet connection….no people! But lots of smallmouth bass…like every cast! The NY Times article in ’08 reports the Owyhee is “The Grand Canyon of Oregon.” Fishing for smallmouth on this Wild & Scenic river is as good as the well known John Day River fishing was 20 years ago.

The average smallmouth will be 10-14” with an occasional 17-18” fish. These bass are extremely aggressive and will hammer any topwater flies with a vengeance.

Floating along the Owyhee River in Oregon, you pass through astonishing high desert canyonlands with thousand foot rhyolite cliffs and sand castle rock formations. Visitors will marvel at the variety of birds and mammals, including river otters, bighorn sheep and golden eagles. Not only is this a fantastic fishing trip, but a photographers dream!

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Upper Owyhee River Wilderness Scenic Float https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/2019/02/11/trips/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 21:51:18 +0000 https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/?p=1095 The post Upper Owyhee River Wilderness Scenic Float appeared first on Dreams On the fly.

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$825 per person double occupancy 2 – 6 people.

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The Owyhee River from Rome, Oregon to Birch Creek is a 3 day float trip. There is a small window for floating the river due to the water levels. This trip is perfect for those who want to get away from it all! There are no roads for almost 49 miles. There is no cell service, no Internet connection…no people! Normally, our guided adventures are geared toward fly fishing. This particular adventure is geared toward floating, camping, photography and relaxation. Guests are welcome to fish; although they will be responsible for their own fishing gear and tackle. Let us float you down the river, take care of the meals, and set up camp. You can sit back, relax and enjoy.

A New York Times article in 2008 calls the Owyhee “The Grand Canyon of Oregon.” Floating along the Owyhee River in Oregon, you will pass through astonishing high desert canyon lands with thousand foot rhyolite cliffs and sand castle rock formations. Visitors will marvel at the variety of birds and mammals, including river otters, bighorn sheep and golden eagles. This trip is a photographers dream!

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08/15/18 Owyhee river flow 142 cfs https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/2018/08/17/08-15-18-owyhee-river-flow-142-cfs-2/ https://www.dreamsonthefly.com/2018/08/17/08-15-18-owyhee-river-flow-142-cfs-2/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:36:14 +0000 http://www.dreamsonthefly.com/?p=764 Early morning midge hatches are bringing fish to the surface in the slack water and pools. With plenty of crane flies buzzing around in the early morning hours and fish chasing them down and rising on them, anglers have good opportunity to hook up with dead drifting and skating crane fly dries. Midge and crane […]

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Early morning midge hatches are bringing fish to the surface in the slack water and pools. With plenty of crane flies buzzing around in the early morning hours and fish chasing them down and rising on them, anglers have good opportunity to hook up with dead drifting and skating crane fly dries. Midge and crane fly activity are simultaneous in the early hours before the sun hits the water giving anglers good opportunities to catch fish on the surface. As soon as the sun hits the water nymph fishing becomes the most productive approach until midday. Hopper dropper fishing during the midday can bring some fish to hand. Foam bugs that mimic ants, beetles and hoppers will force fish to the surface in the heavier water, boulder fields and river bank sections with deeper holding water during midday. There are still decent PMD hatches mixed with BWO hatches in the afternoons that will give anglers a significant window to pick up fish on the surface. Look for evening time caddis and midge to pick up fish on the surface.

Here’s some patterns to have with when visiting the Owyhee, zebra midge nymphs, black, red and olive # 18-22, pheasant tail # 18/20, split back PMD # 18/20, split back BWO #20

Sparkle Dun PMD #18/20, CDC wing PMD Dun patterns #18/20, trailing shuck PMD emerger #18/20, PMD cripple patterns #18/20, CDC loop wing PMD emerger #18/20

Sparkle Dun BWO #20/22, CDC wing BWO Dun 20/22, CDC loop wing BWO emerger # 20

Griffith’s nat #20/22, Suspended midge #20/22, Adams #20-24

Crane fly patterns #10/12, Chernobyl ants brown & yellow # 8-12, Hopper patterns: Daves hopper, foam style hoppers # 8-12, beetles # 12/14, ants red and black body #16/18

Caddis x grey, brown, tan & green # 14/16, Elk hair caddis brown, green and grey #14/16, Renegade’s and Adams post patterns # 12 fish really well during a caddis hatch.

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