Owyhee River, OR

Pump House Riffles; Mini cliff hole and below

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Outing Information

Start/End Time
10:30am to 4:30pm
Best Fishing Time
Water Temp
Water Clarity
Stained - 1' to 3' visibility
Water Level
Jason Hansen


Fish Caught

Brown Trout

Caught Avg Size Pattern Optional Fields
1 21" #12 Olive-Brown California Leech
4 17" #12 Olive-Brown California Leech
2 18" #20 Pheasant Tail
1 18" #16 Black Zebra Midge
8 17.88"
Total: 8 fish Top Patterns: California Leech (5) Pheasant Tail (2) Zebra Midge (1)


Sunny X X
None X X
Very Light - <5 knots X X
Light - 5 to 10 knots X X
Air Temp High/Low
75.0°F / 55.0°F
Wind Direction
Weather Front
Moon Phase
41% Full (Waxing crescent)

Other Patterns Tried

  • #12 Red San Juan Worm
  • #16 Red Disco Zebra Midgeling


  • #14 Dark Speckle-Wing Quill Ephemeroptera Callibaetis
  • #12 Skwala Plecoptera Skwala
  • #20 Midge Diptera

Insect Seining

  • #8 Dark Green Cranefly Diptera
  • #16-#22 Black; Olive-Gray ? Unidentified Mayfly Ephemeroptera unknown

Fishing Partners

Karl Sloth
Zak Stroud


No waypoints were saved with this outing.


What a beautiful day outside. The river flows came up to 240 cfs from 30 cfs on Wednesday and Thursday. We drove around quite a bit mid-afternoon and found no consistently rising fish. Pretty slow. I never saw any fish feeding underwater, either. In multiple holes, I saw several skwalas float by, but never heard or saw a fish rise to them. The higher flows have turned the surface action off temporarily.

I nymphed all day and did decent. I caught 8 and had another 8 or so on. Most on the olive brown california leech. A few on small pheasant tail. And only one on the zebra midge, despite there being a decent midge hatch in the late morning up at the Pump House Hole.

I tried to stalk a large 10lb+ carp in the shallows while Karl and Zak spotted from the road. It swam off well before I could get close enough to cast to it.


bifurcated monkey

water clarity??? glad you guys had a great one. change of environment seems to be critical for fishing, that place will be ripping in a couple days.