Owyhee River, OR

100 yards down from tunnel; Regular hole

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Outing Information

Start/End Time
7:15pm to 10:15pm
Best Fishing Time
Water Temp
Water Clarity
Murky - <1' visibility
Water Level
Jason Hansen

Fish Caught

Brown Trout

Caught Avg Size Pattern Optional Fields
1 18½" #20 BWO Spinner
1 18½" #20 BWO Parachute
1 16½" #18 Black Flying Ant
1 15" #10 Bread
1 15" #20 BWO Parachute
5 16.7"
Total: 5 fish Top Patterns: Parachute (2) Bread (1) Flying Ant (1)


Sunny X
None X
None X
Very Light - <5 knots X
Air Temp High/Low
95.0°F / -
Wind Direction
Weather Front
Moon Phase
51% Full (Last quarter)

Other Patterns Tried

No other pattern information for this outing.


  • Blue-Winged Olive Ephemeroptera Baetis
  • Pale Morning Dun Ephemeroptera Ephemerella

Insect Seining

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Since I lately have not had any luck in the early evening fishing my normal spot, I decided to try fishing about 100 yards down from the rock tunnel. The water is shallow and riffly at the top but then gets deep for a long run. The insects were really hatching out of the riffle but not many trout were rising to adults when I arrived at 7:15pm. I think most of the adult feeding had probably happened earlier.

From the look of the hole, there was a slower seam on the far side of the river that I thought might hold sipping fish. I waded through 3’+ water to the far side and saw occasional snouts plucking insects from the surface film. I initially had on a PMD emerger and a black ant dropper and on my first cast to a rising fish I hooked a nice 16.5” brown on the ant. Unfortunately the hook was a ways back in the brown’s mouth so I just cut the fly off. I then mixed and matched various BWO patterns to the rising fish. I missed several rises before landing a feisty 15” brown that went on several long runs and forced me to follow him downstream a ways. After releasing him I waded back to the seam and although there was an occasional rise, the evening was already at 9:15pm and the fish were not rising in the hole like I thought they would. At this point I jogged back to the car and headed up to my normal hole.

I arrived to the sight of lots of fish rising in the shallow flats. I hurriedly reassembled my rod and ran down to the river. I hooked an 18 ½” brown on one of my first casts. I then hooked another brown within a few casts that got off. A little more wading and a few more casts and I caught another 18 ½” brown. At this point I had put down the fish in that area so I walked upstream to the halfway rocks. It was also pretty dark at this time. There was a brown rising about 5’ out from the rock and I hooked him on my first cast. I played him too hard in an effort to get him in quick and the #20 spinner pulled out. At this point it was too dark to really see much so I switched to a Bread. Unfortunately it didn’t float since my version didn’t have the wood beads. So, I made a few casts and started steadily retrieving the fly when a wake formed underneath it and I of course set the hook too soon. Another cast, another wake, but this time I hooked and landed the 15” brown. I called it good at that point since I couldn’t see much.