Owyhee 5 day float
The Owyhee River from Rome, Oregon to Birch Creek is a 5 day float trip. There are no roads for almost 49 miles, there is no cell service, no Internet connection….no people!
Beautiful scenery and even better fishing
Most of the whitewater guides choose to stop running the Owyhee at around 1000 cfs. After the water level lowers, the water temperature warms to trigger the smallmouth bass fishing phenomenon. There is a 4 week window between the time the water level starts to decrease and the time the water is too low to float. Yes, there are times when we get hung up on the rock gardens. Yes, at times we walk around the class IV waters. Yes we have fun, and catch hundreds of smallmouth bass! Fishing for smallmouth on this wild & scenic river is as good as the well known John Day River fishing was 20 years ago.
This is rugged country & miles (often times straight up 1000′ rock cliffs) from civilization, so we recommend that you be in good health. There are times when not even satellite service can be found.
I had the pleasure to spend the morning yesterday with Boise fly fishing guide Andrew Catt. When you want to relax and get away from it, nothing better than catching some Browns on the Owyhee River. Having fun and catching fish, what a way to spend a day.
My wife and I fished with Andrew Catt on the Owyhee River on May 15th. Andrew was very helpful before our trip sending us map information and drive to information, as well as letting us know what we needed to bring with us. We had a beautiful day, with near perfect weather, the river, although slightly off color was a beautiful high desert setting. We had deer walk up to us while we were in the water, watched Osprey's fishing with us, and even got a great chorus of Chukker Partridge singing to us from the rocky canyon walls! Andrew was a terrific guide, continuing to work very hard, all day long to try and "break the code", using numerous different techniques and fly patterns to get the fish to eat. My wife and I are avid fly fishers, and have been I have been fly fishing for 60 years, so we understand that some days the fish just don't want to co-operate! Susie, my wife, was able to land two beautiful Brown's, on nymphs under an indicator, and I landed one on a dry fly, and blew the opportunity to land a very nice fish, that I'm sure was over 20"! Andrew set me up in the perfect spot, even helping my 70 year old legs wade in some difficult water. I threw a number of different patterns to this fish, getting numerous refusals, until we put on a suspended midge pattern, and after trying for over 30 minutes, the fish finally ate my offering! Unfortunately, I was so excited to see it finally happen, I set too soon, and just gave the fish a sore lip! Beside working his tail off to get us into fish, we stopped mid day and had the best shore lunch I have ever been provided by a guide! The day was great, the company was great, the scenery was great, the food was awesome, the fishing was very interesting, and the catching was "So So" but I would certainly give great marks to our guide! John and Susie Schultz
A bass every cast?
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. Pound for pound smallmouth bass fight harder than any other freshwater fish.
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. The Owyhee River’s fragile ecological balance requires the utmost respect from its visitors. We practice pack it in pack it out on everything. Even though this is a Wilderness trip, we do pride ourselves in offering a wholesome and generous menu. No freeze dried food on this one! Imagine having hot fudge Sundaes or ice cold fruit slushies on 100 degree days in the middle of the desert.
These trips are extreme eco friendly fishing trips with one guide per 2 clients. 5 days of wilderness camping at it’s finest. All camp gear is floated in separate gear boats with camps being set by crew daily. Most of our camps on the Owyhee are nice soft sand, similar to the fine sand of the Caribbean. Our water is filtered and there is a weight limit to the amount of gear taken.
New This Season – Owyhee River Scenic Float
Can’t get away for 5 days? New for the 2015 season we are introducing a scenic float trip on the Upper Owyhee River. 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!
Andrew was great with my 10 y/o son. Very patient and positive. Would highly recommend.