More Browns…This Time on the Owyhee River

On our trip back from Utah last week, Mary Ann and I couldn’t resist stopping on the Owyhee River for a couple of hours to fish.  It was a blustery, overcast day but we knew the fish were there.  Mary Ann fished her 7′  9″  4 wt Signature Series Bamboo rod, and I choose my 9′  0″  3 wt Bamboo EuroNymphing rod.  There was no visible surface activity, but we knew from previous trips, the big Owyhee River browns usually like small midges and baetis nymphs.  An Olive #20 Baetis nymph fished towards the bottom proved to be a good fly choice for the afternoon, and we got into a handful of very nice fish in the 16″ to 22″ range.  Here are a few photos from our afternoon:

#20 Olive Baetis Nymph

Mary Ann putting a good bend in her 4 wt bamboo rod

A beautiful Owyhee River Brown for Mary Ann.

I’m fighting a very nice Brown on my 3 wt bamboo.

Here is one of my nice fish for the day.

Fly Fishing the Owyhee River with Rick Robbins

I had a great time this week spending 4 days fishing the Owyhee River in eastern Oregon with renowned bamboo rod maker Rick Robbins from Virginia.  We spent the 4 days sharing bamboo rod building stories and trying to figure out the hatches.  Mornings and early afternoons were pretty slow fishing but there was a decent PMD hatch starting at mid-day that went on until dark.  We were pretty successful with small PMD dries and emergers for the large Owyhee River browns, and we landed several nice fish in the 16″ to 21″ range.  Here are a few photos from our trip.

Rick and I on the Owyhee River

Rick casting small dries on a nice drop-off.

A nice Owyhee River Brown that took my #20 PMD Comparadun.

Owyhee River Browns

I got the chance to fish the Owyhee River in Eastern Oregon earlier this week for a few days with our friends Noel and Sue from Australia.  Fishing was a little on the slow side but we still hooked into some nice Owyhee River Browns.  There weren’t a lot of hatches going on during the day, and most fish were picked up on small #20 zebra midges.  I used my 7′  6″  5 wt Freestone Series bamboo fly rod for the two days, which worked great.  I also used a 50″ furled leader from Mike Morin at http://www.cutthroatleader.com , and about 5 ft. of 6X tippet with the small nymphs.  Here are a couple of pictures of my time there:

Owyhee River Brown

Owyhee River Brown

Owyhee River Brown

Owyhee River Brown

Owyhee River Brown Trout

I just got back from 3 days of fishing the Owyhee River in eastern Oregon with a fellow rod builder, Rick Robbins, from West Virginia.  Lots of big browns.  I chose a 8′  3″  5 wt bamboo rod for most of my fishing.  We had great success on  #22 Trico Spinners every morning, and matched them on Furled Leaders from Cutthroat Leaders in Boise, Idaho and 6X tippets.   Tan and/or black ants on 5X Tippets worked well in the afternoons and evenings.  Check it out.

Morning on the Owyhee River.

Morning on the Owyhee River.

Trico Spinners.

Trico Spinners.

#22 Trico Spinner Pattern.

#22 Trico Spinner Patterns.

A nice Brown that fell to a #14 Tan Ant pattern one afternoon.

A nice Brown Trout that fell to a #14 Tan Ant pattern one afternoon.

Fishing Bamboo Fly Rods on the Owyhee River

Mary Ann and I got to spend a few days on the Owyhee River in Eastern Oregon last weekend fishing for big browns. The water levels were down to winter lows, which opened up just about the entire river for great fishing opportunities. We tried French Nymphing techniques our first afternoon and each managed to land a nice +20″ Brown in small pheasant tail nymphs. Here is Mary Ann’s nice fish (too bad it was on graphite):

Nice Brown!


The next two days we fished mostly dry flies with small nymph droppers, and were successful with several combinations. Small mahogany duns were hatching early mornings, with blue winged olives also hatching through the daylight hours. I was lucky enough to pick up this 25″ Brown on a #20 Blue Winged Olive dry fly one afternoon:

Big 25" Brown


Finally, here is a fun little video of a couple of fish: