Owyhee River, Lower

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Importance by half-month
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Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Size 14-16 Pheasant Tail. Brown


Size 14-16 Quigley Cripple, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Gray to tan

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit


Size 14-16 Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun, Adams, Comparadun. Gray to tan

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit

Callibaetis in rivers? Yup! It happens in slow stretches of this stream. During a hatch, use a Callibaetis Cripple or Sparkle Dun.


Size 12-18 Goddard Caddis, X Caddis, Parachute Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis. Body: brown, green, dark gray; Wing: tan, brown


Size 12-18 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Body: brown; Wing: black

Riffles, current seams, backeddies below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph, rising nymph

► Expect evening hatches in the fast water sections where the rainbow trout live. Carry size 14-16 dry flies in tan and olive.


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


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

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

► 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.

► Be prepared for morning midge hatches in the slow water sections.


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.


► You may encounter hatches of pale morning duns and midges in the slow water sections.

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

► Keep an eye on the river gage; when the irrigation season starts, flows will increase substantially and the water will be cold.

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