Owyhee River, Lower

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
1 am
2.60/759

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Nymph

Size 16-20 Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear. Brown, brown-olive

Moderate runs, just below riffles: indicator, tight line, rising nymph

Emerger

Size 16-20 Sprout Midge, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Dun

Size 16-20 Sparkle Dun, Comparadun, Hairwing Dun. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Spinner

Size 16-20 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Dark body

runs, slowish riffles: surface swing

► If the river is fishable, be prepared for hatches in the early afternoon in the slow sections of the river.

Nymph

Size 6-10 Rubber Legs, Kaufmanns Stonefly. Dark brown

Riffles, runs over rocky bottoms; just below these: indicator, tight line

Adult

Size 6-10 Clarks Stonefly, Stimulator, Chubby Chernobyl. Body: Brown-olive; wing: Brown

Bankwater near foilage: standard dry fly

Pupa

Size 10-22 Chans Chironomid Pupa, Zebra Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

Adult

Size 10-22 Griffiths Gnat, Sprout Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

► Trout can be very picky about size and color of the pupa. You may need to swap flies several times to find the right combination. You can speed up this process by fishing two pupas at once and noting which one the trout show more interest in.

► When trout are midging, a Sprout Midge or Griffiths Gnat can work well, but a pupa pattern is always a good choice.

► Be prepared for midge hatches in the warmer parts of the day in the slow water sections--unless of course the water is frozen over.

Adult

Size 2-8 Muddler, Woolly Bugger, Clouser Minnow, Possie Bugger. Browns, olives, silver, greens

Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing

► Try large Woolly Buggers or other streamers on an intermediate line in the slackwater pools; focus on deeper water near rocks.

Trout


► Don't be put off by the murky quality of the water.
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