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Nate at 11:00 PM on Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014

April 17, 2014 Owyhee River Report: Windy, Partial Sun, Then Rain Showers

To successfully dry fly fish, there are two general rules that should always be adhered: 1) You should never attempt to fish a river on the rise; and 2) You should never select a hard windy day in the dead of winter expecting to fish a small bug. Well I was not guilty of the dead of winter thing, but I got a good lesson on Rule 1 fishing a river on the rise. Visualize the mechanics of a river on the rise, and it’s easy to understand why fish go off the bite. Think about...
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Geoff at 6:00 AM on Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014

Owyhee River On the Rise

Attention all anglers who fish the Owyhee River, the water is on the rise and it is currently at 99 CFS. This is not detrimental but the water will need a couple of days to settle back down. There will be debris and other things in the water so if you are planning a trip in the next couple of days just watch out. Having the water rising is a great thing there will be more holding water for the fish and the cut-banks will appear again. Tight lines and keep on...
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Nate at 11:00 PM on Saturday, Apr 12th, 2014

April 12, 2014 Owyhee River Report: Partly Cloudy, 65 degrees and hard wind upriver all day

Sometimes your fishing day can be dominated by one thing--and that is Mother Nature. Today the wind howled up the canyon all day long without a break. All small bug applications were pretty much off the table, so I did what I could do; and that was fish a Slow Stone pattern upstream with the wind., It was a grind-it-out type of day with virtually no feeding fish to target and no concentrated hatch that put the fish at the surface. For days like these on a dry fly, it is a...
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Nate at 11:00 PM on Sunday, Apr 6th, 2014

April 6 2014 Owyhee River Report: A Little Rain, Sun and Clouds, Wind Upriver and Down

I’m breaking in a new 5wt rod so the only way to learn it is to fish it. At least that’s what I told my wife and she took the bait. By noon I’m on the “O” fly rod in hand overlooking the bottom of one of those big, long, laky sections with no moving water. As normal, there was no one fishing the slow water so I moved right in like I owned it. At the bottom of the slick, the river forked into two channels, and I settled into the west channel  near the...
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Nate at 10:00 PM on Friday, Apr 4th, 2014

April 4, 2014 Owyhee River Report: Overcast/Rain/Afternoon partial sun/Wind upriver 5-10 mph

If you are going to fish a skwala pattern successfully on the “O” right now, you must commit to two things: (1) You must be willing to fish the lake sections of the river in non-moving water, and (2) You must be willing to slowly and methodically work your bug. I hooked over 30 fish today, but it seemed like an effort to get each one of them to the hook, and there were big gaps of time between fish encounters. If you’ve noticed, most of the...
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Geoff at 11:00 PM on Tuesday, Mar 25th, 2014

March 25, 2014 Owyhee River Fishing Report: 50 Degrees/Partial Overcast/Windy in Afternoon

I have a good fishing buddy who lives out of state; every once in a while he gets the itch to fish. I received a phone call on Monday from Robert. The message was simple: Would it be alright to fly in on Monday night and fly fish until our next show on Thursday. Why heck yes you can fly in, and that gives me the perfect excuse to have two fishing days before the show. Our intentions were to hit the Owyhee River on Tuesday, South Fork of the Boise on...
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Nate at 8:00 PM on Monday, Mar 24th, 2014

March 24, 2014 SF Boise River Report: Bright sun/60 degrees/Gentle wind upriver

Historically the last week In March is prime time on the SF of the Boise. In years past, that river would generally produce the leading edge of a skwala hatch, and nearly every day a BWO hatch invariably would pop somewhere in the system. If you fished a mile of river, numerous targets would appear at the surface. Today during the prime hatch window, I fished 1 ½ miles of river below Danskin without seeing a single fish rise. There were virtually no bugs. I saw no skwala, few midges, and a total...
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Nate at 7:12 PM on Wednesday, Mar 19th, 2014

March 19 2014 Owyhee River Report:

Another day on the “O,” and a new fishing partner. On Wednesday I had the great pleasure of fishing with Ken Burkholder. He’s a master tier and one hell of a fisherman. Both Ken and I have chased a fish on a dry fly almost all our lives, and it was amazing the differences in our approaches. Ken may be the fastest fisherman I’ve ever seen. By the time I would be setting in on a run of water, Ken would be finishing up his run, and then switching rods to work another type of...
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Nate at 11:00 PM on Tuesday, Mar 18th, 2014

March 18, 2014 Owyhee River Report: Sunshine, 50 Degrees, A Bit Windy

One of the great perks of my work is having the pleasure of fishing with some really cool people. On Tuesday my fishing buddy, Phil and I had the chance to sneak off to the “O” for a day. Phil’s a corporate guru and he gave me guidance on our fly company. In return I try to help him catch more fish. Sometimes I wonder if it’s not the blind leading the blind because our conversations invariably go astray. Either way, it was a really fun day and we did manage to meet our real...
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Geoff at 9:00 PM on Saturday, Mar 15th, 2014

March 15, 2014 Owyhee River Report: 65 Degrees/ Bright Blue-Bird Day

I’ve had a really good fishing buddy since high school and since he has gotten married and started a family, his time for hitting the waters are few and far between. I had called his wife to see if he could possibly fish the “O” with me today; and after a little convincing, he was piling in my truck and away we went. My buddy has not fly fished for at least a year, and the only thing going through my head was I hope he remembers how to cast because otherwise it would...
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