Owyhee River, OR

Regular Hole

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Outing Information

Start/End Time
4:00pm to 10:00pm
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 19" #20 Rust Clear Wing Spinner
1 18" #18 Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear
1 16" #14 Pale Yellow Parachute Emerger
1 12" #18 Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear
1 12" #14 Pale Yellow Parachute Emerger
5 15.4"
Total: 5 fish Top Patterns: Parachute Emerger (2) Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear (2) Clear Wing Spinner (1)


Sunny X X
None X X
None X
Very Light - <5 knots X X
Light - 5 to 10 knots X
Air Temp High/Low
80.0°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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Fishing Partners

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I started fishing just upstream of where Jim, Connie and I stopped to watch the huge fish behind the big rock last summer. There were no rises but lots of birds eating hatching PMD duns. I nymphed with a #10 BH pheasant tail and a #18 hare’s ear dropper and caught an 18” brown on the second drift. I nymphed and nymphed after that and caught nothing but snags. I was using fluorocarbon for the first time and I must say, it is very very strong. I was straightening out the small, fine hooks when they would get snagged and I’d pull on them. After half an hour or so I caught a 12” brown nymphing.

After that I drove up to where Zak and I usually fish but there were several people in the hole so I went upstream maybe 100 yards and nymphed my way up the flat water to the riffles and had no hits. I tied on a zonker and made maybe 20 casts without luck. I then relaxed for a bit before driving to the bottom of the big hole I usually fish. There was a large flock of birds snatching mayflies off the water, and I saw a few rise rings down on the flats. I walked down to the river and most of the rises stopped. After 20 minutes or so with the river now in shadows, there were sporadic rises. I tied on a PMD sparkle dun and had a PMD emerger dropper off it and caught a couple browns, one at 19”. I waited for consistently-rising fish before casting. I was standing in 6” to 1’ deep water and the fish were in maybe 1’ of water.

After awhile I walked up the length of the hole and didn’t really see any rises. That’s surprising since usually in the evening fish are surfacing everywhere along that stretch – and, there was a nice hatch during the day and I was seeing lots of drowned PMD spinners. I’m surprised the trout weren’t more active on the surface.

I had 3 or so more fish on on the #20 rusty clear wing spinner but didn’t get good hook sets on them.