Owyhee River Fishing Report – January

With flows at around 38cfs, you’ll be doing a lot of stalking for mid-afternoon risers keying in on small Baetis and Midges. This time of the year we try and give the river a break since the Browns are in post spawn and some can still be seen guarding redds. Even though the spawn is mostly done, by walking through the riffles, and trampling through redds can still damage the eggs. That being said, it can still be a great winter fishery on the right day. If you’re not seeing any top activity, try running shallow rigs of zebra midges, hares ears, and Baetis emerger nymphs, all in sizes 16-22.

Fish long leaders of 5x or 6x in the 10-12 foot range for best results when targeting those risers. Also, I like to fish small foam indicators with shallow light rigs to effectively fish this small water.

Watch out for Redds as a lot of the shallow gravel zones will have them. Please do not target fish on redds.

Good Luck!

**There are only a few months until spring fishing on the ‘O’, hope this two-fer get you excited!  It does me!

USGS Water-data graph for site 13183000Owyhee River below the Dam

USGS Water-data graph for site 13181000Owyhee River near Rome, OR

2018-01-23T18:53:06+00:00
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