John Day River, OR
Quick Facts and Pricing
- Steelhead – late October – February
Bass – May – August
- $500 Full day walk and wade, 1-2 anglers
$500 Full day float, 1-2 anglers
$1500 3 day/2 night private ranch
$2000 per angler 4 day/3 night camp/float
- Native Steelhead
- We are proponents of swinging flies with two handed/spey rods on all our steelhead trips and are more than happy to provide personal instruction on becoming proficient with them. What we generally recommend is spey rods 6-9wt. depending on season with compact Skagit or Scandi heads and various sinking tips.
- Bunny Leeches, Egg Sucking Leeches, Flatwing General Practitioners, Mega Moal, Skagit Minnows, Morrish’s Trailer Trash, River Rats, Fergus Rock Star, Skunks, Purple Perils, Skykomish Sunrises for steelhead. Flesh flies, egg patterns for Dolly Varden and pink, purple and chartreuse flies for coho.
- 6 – 2/0 flies depending on season
Due to the little pressure the fish receive along the majority of the river, they are very receptive to most well presented flies.As mid-summer draws closer, the John Day drops to a nearly impassable water level by boat.Many small mouth bass in the river range from 14-18 inches in length with others growing even larger. The steelhead average a solid 7-8 lbs. with larger ones frequently landed. Guides provide instruction on casting and fishing techniques as well as insight to the history of the area. Each long day on the river, your guide will dazzle you with riverside cuisine to keep you focused on the fishing, morning, noon and night.