Oregon Fly Fishing

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OR - Crooked River: 44.100607, -120.086639
OR - Grande Ronde River : 46.042023, -117.252960
OR - Lower Deschutes River: 44.761849, -121.228294
OR - Middle Deschutes River: 44.268559, -121.256271
OR - Upper Deschutes River: 43.740841, -121.607323
OR - Fall River: 43.794239, -121.531410
OR - Metolius River: 44.528638, -121.629016
OR - North Santiam River: 44.788357, -122.618141
OR - Rogue River: 42.430805, -123.042412
OR - Williamson River: 42.570655, -121.878898
OR - Wood River: 42.700975, -121.990171
DONNER UND BLITZEN RIVER NR FRENCHGLEN OR: 42.790833, -118.867500
WILLIAMSON RIVER NEAR KLAMATH AGENCY, OR: 42.740135, -121.834462
SPRAGUE RIVER NEAR CHILOQUIN, OR: 42.584581, -121.849737
WILLIAMSON RIVER BLW SPRAGUE RIVER NR CHILOQUIN,OR: 42.564859, -121.879459
WOOD RIVER NEAR KLAMATH AGENCY, OR: 42.581556, -121.941703
LINK RIVER AT KLAMATH FALLS, OR: 42.223478, -121.794171
KLAMATH RIVER AT KENO, OR: 42.133199, -121.962231
KLAMATH RIVER BLW JOHN C.BOYLE PWRPLNT, NR KENO,OR: 42.084588, -122.073345
OWYHEE RIVER NR ROME OR: 42.866389, -117.649167
OWYHEE RIVER BELOW OWYHEE DAM, OR: 43.654444, -117.255833
SNAKE RIVER AT NYSSA OR: 43.876111, -116.982500
MALHEUR RIVER BEL WARMSPRINGS RES NR RIVERSIDE OR: 43.574444, -118.209722
NORTH FORK MALHEUR RIVER AT BEULAH OR: 43.907500, -118.153333
MALHEUR RIVER BELOW NEVADA DAM NEAR VALE OR: 43.987500, -117.218889
SNAKE RIVER AT HELLS CANYON DAM ID-OR STATE LINE: 45.251269, -116.698200
MINAM RIVER AT MINAM, OR: 45.619867, -117.726589
GRANDE RONDE RIVER AT TROY, OR: 45.945702, -117.451009
UMATILLA RIVER ABOVE MEACHAM CREEK, NR GIBBON, OR: 45.719577, -118.323291
MEACHAM CREEK AT GIBBON, OR: 45.688743, -118.356626
UMATILLA R AT W RESERVATION BNDY NR PENDLETON, OR: 45.671519, -118.736649
UMATILLA RIVER NEAR UMATILLA, OR: 45.902910, -119.326962
WILLOW CREEK ABV WILLOW CR LAKE, NR HEPPNER, OR: 45.340683, -119.515854
WILLOW CREEK AT HEPPNER, OR: 45.350406, -119.550022
WILLOW CREEK AT MORGAN STREET, AT HEPPNER, OR: 45.361240, -119.560300
JOHN DAY R AT BLUE MTN HOT SPGS NR PRAIRIE CITY,OR: 44.357938, -118.576053
JOHN DAY RIVER NEAR JOHN DAY, OR: 44.418489, -118.906342
MF JOHN DAY RIVER ABV CAMP CREEK, NR GALENA, OR: 44.692625, -118.794308
MIDDLE FORK JOHN DAY RIVER AT RITTER, OR: 44.888764, -119.141369
NORTH FORK JOHN DAY RIVER AT MONUMENT, OR: 44.813758, -119.431657
JOHN DAY RIVER AT SERVICE CREEK, OR: 44.793747, -120.006677
BRIDGE CR ABV COYOTE CANYON NR MITCHELL, OR: 44.726799, -120.301965
PINE CREEK NEAR CLARNO, OR: 44.910407, -120.440863
JOHN DAY RIVER AT MCDONALD FERRY, OR: 45.587628, -120.409492
DESCHUTES RIVER NEAR CULVER, OR: 44.498729, -121.321156
CROOKED RIVER BLW OSBORNE CANYON, NR OPAL CITY, OR: 44.426897, -121.232873
CROOKED RIVER BELOW OPAL SPRINGS, NEAR CULVER, OR: 44.492341, -121.298377
METOLIUS RIVER NEAR GRANDVIEW, OR: 44.626228, -121.483943
DESCHUTES RIVER NEAR MADRAS, OR: 44.725952, -121.246994
SHITIKE CRK AT PETERS PASTURE, NR WARM SPRINGS, OR: 44.750395, -121.633397
SHITIKE CREEK NEAR WARM SPRINGS, OR: 44.764286, -121.236439
BEAVER CREEK BELOW QUARTZ CREEK, NR SIMNASHO, OR: 44.958727, -121.394229
WARM SPRINGS RIVER NEAR KAHNEETA HOT SPRINGS, OR: 44.856509, -121.149774
DESCHUTES RIVER AT MOODY, NEAR BIGGS, OR: 45.622068, -120.905620
COLUMBIA RIVER AT THE DALLES, OR: 45.607343, -121.173404
NF MILL CR ABV SF MILL CR, NR THE DALLES, OR: 45.536292, -121.344842
MOSIER CREEK NEAR MOSIER, OR: 45.649008, -121.377295
COLUMBIA RIVER AT HOOD RIVER, OR: 45.714308, -121.503233
HOOD RIVER AT TUCKER BRIDGE, NEAR HOOD RIVER, OR: 45.654500, -121.548800
COLUMBIA RIVER BELOW BONNEVILLE DAM, OR: 45.633056, -121.960833
SANDY RIVER NEAR MARMOT, OR: 45.399564, -122.137307
BULL RUN RIVER AT LOWER FLUME NR BRIGHTWOOD, OR: 45.470952, -121.865357
BLAZED ALDER CREEK NEAR RHODODENDRON, OR: 45.452618, -121.891468
BULL RUN RIVER NEAR MULTNOMAH FALLS, OR: 45.498174, -122.012305
FIR CREEK NEAR BRIGHTWOOD, OR: 45.480119, -122.025639
NORTH FORK BULL RUN RIVER NEAR MULTNOMAH FALLS, OR: 45.494286, -122.035917
SOUTH FORK BULL RUN RIVER NEAR BULL RUN, OR: 45.444564, -122.109529
BULL RUN RIVER NEAR BULL RUN (RIVER ONLY), OR: 45.437300, -122.179656
LITTLE SANDY RIVER NEAR BULL RUN, OR: 45.415398, -122.171475
SANDY RIVER BLW BULL RUN RIVER, NR BULL RUN, OR: 45.449009, -122.245089
BEAVER CREEK AT TROUTDALE, OR: 45.519287, -122.388980
MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER NR OAKRIDGE, OR: 43.601789, -122.457547
HILLS CR AB HILLS CR RES, NR OAKRIDGE, OR: 43.680401, -122.370600
HILLS CREEK DAM TAILWATER NEAR OAKRIDGE, OR: 43.710703, -122.423939
MF WILLAMETTE RIVER ABV SALT CRK, NEAR OAKRIDGE,OR: 43.720957, -122.437826
N FK OF M FK WILLAMETTE R NR OAKRIDGE, OR: 43.756790, -122.505329
MF WILLAMETTE RIVER BLW N FORK, NR OAKRIDGE, OR.: 43.801235, -122.560888
LOOKOUT POINT DAM TAILWATER NEAR LOWELL, OR: 43.915375, -122.753603
DEXTER DAM TAILWATER AT DEXTER, OR: 43.924342, -122.805606
MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER NEAR DEXTER, OR: 43.945682, -122.837297
FALL CREEK ABOVE NORTH FORK, NEAR LOWELL, OR: 43.967222, -122.629722
WINBERRY CREEK NEAR LOWELL,OR: 43.914292, -122.688676
FALL CREEK BLW WINBERRY CREEK, NEAR FALL CREEK, OR: 43.944293, -122.774794
MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER AT JASPER, OR: 43.998182, -122.905913
COAST FORK WILLAMETTE R BLW COTTAGE GROVE DAM, OR: 43.720678, -123.049799
ROW RIVER ABOVE PITCHER CREEK, NEAR DORENA, OR: 43.735957, -122.873402
ROW RIVER NEAR COTTAGE GROVE, OR: 43.792901, -122.991466
COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER NEAR GOSHEN, OR: 43.980403, -122.966470
MCKENZIE RIVER AT OUTLET OF CLEAR LAKE, OR: 44.360955, -121.995617
SMITH RIVER ABV SMITH R RESV,NR BELKNAP SPRNGS,OR: 44.334567, -122.047007
MCKENZIE R BLW TRAIL BR DAM NR BELKNAP SPRINGS, OR: 44.267900, -122.049783
SO FK MCKENZIE RIVER ABV COUGAR LAKE NR RAINBOW OR: 44.047067, -122.217825
COUGAR DAM TAILWATER NEAR RAINBOW, OR: 44.130547, -122.243589
SOUTH FORK MCKENZIE RIVER NEAR RAINBOW, OR: 44.135958, -122.248391
LOOKOUT CREEK NEAR BLUE RIVER, OR: 44.209571, -122.256733
BLUE RIVER AT BLUE RIVER, OR: 44.162348, -122.333119
MCKENZIE RIVER NEAR VIDA, OR: 44.124849, -122.470620
MCKENZIE RIVER BLW LEABURG DAM, NR LEABURG, OR: 44.123738, -122.627572
MCKENZIE RIVER NEAR WALTERVILLE, OR: 44.069849, -122.771187
CAMP CRK AT CAMP CRK RD BRIDGE, NR SPRINGFIELD, OR: 44.070667, -122.884667
CEDAR CREEK AT SPRINGFIELD, OR: 44.059348, -122.919664
McKENZIE RIVER ABV HAYDEN BR, AT SPRINGFIELD,OR: 44.071237, -122.964527
MOHAWK RIVER NEAR SPRINGFIELD, OR: 44.092903, -122.957305
MCKENZIE RIVER NEAR COBURG, OR: 44.113056, -123.046972
WILLAMETTE RIVER AT HARRISBURG, OR: 44.270401, -123.173704
LONG TOM RIVER NEAR NOTI, OR: 44.049845, -123.426210
LONG TOM RIVER NEAR ALVADORE, OR: 44.123457, -123.299817
LONG TOM RIVER AT MONROE, OR: 44.312900, -123.296486
MARYS RIVER NEAR PHILOMATH, OR: 44.525000, -123.334000
WILLAMETTE RIVER AT CORVALLIS, OR: 44.566361, -123.256806
WILLAMETTE RIVER AT ALBANY, OR: 44.638733, -123.106762
NO SANTIAM R BLW BOULDER CRK, NR DETROIT, OR: 44.706789, -122.101186
BREITENBUSH R ABV FRENCH CR NR DETROIT, OR.: 44.752622, -122.128965
BLOWOUT CREEK NEAR DETROIT, OR: 44.652900, -122.130908
DETROIT DAM TAILWATER NEAR DETROIT, OR: 44.722492, -122.251694
BIG CLIFF DAM TAILWATER NEAR NIAGARA, OR: 44.751486, -122.283378
NORTH SANTIAM RIVER AT NIAGARA, OR: 44.752622, -122.298412
LITTLE NORTH SANTIAM RIVER NEAR MEHAMA, OR: 44.791511, -122.578974
NORTH SANTIAM RIVER AT MEHAMA, OR: 44.789011, -122.618697
NORTH SANTIAM R AT GREENS BRIDGE, NR JEFFERSON, OR: 44.707900, -122.972870
SOUTH SANTIAM RIVER BELOW CASCADIA, OR: 44.391792, -122.497582
MIDDLE SANTIAM R NEAR CASCADIA, OR: 44.515124, -122.372025
QUARTZVILLE CREEK NEAR CASCADIA, OR: 44.540124, -122.435916
GREEN PETER DAM TAILWATER NEAR FOSTER, OR: 44.449294, -122.549667
MIDDLE SANTIAM R BLW GREEN PETER DAM NR FOSTER, OR: 44.448180, -122.550361
FOSTER DAM TAILWATER AT FOSTER, OR: 44.414794, -122.671356
WILEY CREEK NEAR FOSTER, OR: 44.372348, -122.623138
SOUTH SANTIAM RIVER NEAR FOSTER, OR: 44.412347, -122.688696
SOUTH SANTIAM RIVER AT WATERLOO, OR: 44.498456, -122.823421
SCHAFER CREEK NEAR LACOMB, OR: 44.619567, -122.465916
THOMAS CREEK NEAR SCIO, OR: 44.712067, -122.770088
SANTIAM RIVER AT JEFFERSON, OR: 44.714722, -123.014250
LUCKIAMUTE RIVER NEAR SUVER, OR: 44.783175, -123.234544
WILLAMETTE RIVER AT SALEM, OR: 44.944286, -123.042874
SOUTH YAMHILL RIVER AT MCMINNVILLE, OR: 45.205672, -123.182605
WILLAMETTE RIVER AT NEWBERG, OR: 45.284563, -122.961489
BULL CREEK NEAR WILHOIT, OR: 44.960900, -122.385000
NATE CREEK TRIBUTARY NEAR COLTON, OR: 45.205233, -122.412002
MOLALLA RIVER NEAR CANBY, OR: 45.244288, -122.687314
DRIFT CREEK NEAR SILVERTON, OR: 44.976806, -122.830111
SILVER CREEK AT SILVERTON, OR: 45.009288, -122.788701
ABIQUA CREEK AT SILVERTON, OR: 45.031450, -122.790831
ZOLLNER CREEK NEAR MT ANGEL, OR: 45.100398, -122.821760
PUDDING RIVER NEAR WOODBURN, OR: 45.151231, -122.804260
BUTTE CREEK AT MONITOR, OR: 45.101510, -122.746202
PUDDING RIVER AT AURORA, OR: 45.233176, -122.750093
TUALATIN RIVER NEAR DILLEY, OR: 45.474837, -123.124274
EAST FORK DAIRY CREEK NEAR MEACHAM CORNER, OR: 45.682336, -123.069553
FANNO CREEK AT 56TH AVE, AT PORTLAND, OR: 45.487896, -122.734819
FANNO CREEK AT DURHAM, OR: 45.403452, -122.754819
TUALATIN RIVER AT WEST LINN, OR: 45.350676, -122.676204
WILLAMETTE RIVER ABOVE FALLS, AT OREGON CITY, OR: 45.348454, -122.620092
WILLAMETTE RIVER BELOW FALLS, AT OREGON CITY, OR: 45.357621, -122.610925
OAK GROVE FORK NEAR GOVERNMENT CAMP, OR: 45.113730, -121.815078
OAK GROVE FORK ABOVE POWERPLANT INTAKE, OR.: 45.071232, -121.940635
OAK GROVE FORK AT RIPPLEBROOK CAMPGROUND, OR: 45.079814, -122.042858
CLACKAMAS RIVER ABOVE THREE LYNX CREEK, OR: 45.124843, -122.073414
CLACKAMAS RIVER AT ESTACADA, OR: 45.299843, -122.353975
CLACKAMAS RIVER NEAR OREGON CITY, OR: 45.379287, -122.577313
TRYON CREEK NEAR LAKE OSWEGO, OR: 45.430675, -122.673706
JOHNSON CREEK AT REGNER ROAD, AT GRESHAM, OR: 45.486509, -122.421757
KELLEY CREEK AT SE 159TH DRIVE AT PORTLAND, OR: 45.476787, -122.498424
JOHNSON CREEK AT SYCAMORE, OR: 45.477456, -122.508019
JOHNSON CREEK AT MILWAUKIE, OR: 45.452897, -122.643150
WILLAMETTE RIVER AT PORTLAND, OR: 45.517500, -122.669167
FAIRVIEW CREEK AT GLISAN ST NEAR GRESHAM, OR: 45.527620, -122.448702
COLUMBIA SLOUGH AT PORTLAND, OR: 45.639005, -122.763155
COLUMBIA RIVER @ BEAVER ARMY TERMINAL NR QUINCY,OR: 46.181221, -123.183454
NEHALEM RIVER NEAR VERNONIA, OR: 45.807056, -123.283172
NEHALEM RIVER NEAR FOSS, OR: 45.703999, -123.755405
WILSON RIVER NEAR TILLAMOOK, OR: 45.475940, -123.725121
WILSON RIVER AT SOLLIE SMITH BR AT TILLAMOOK, OR: 45.477050, -123.808458
TRASK RIVER ABOVE CEDAR CREEK, NEAR TILLAMOOK, OR: 45.446218, -123.710397
TUCCA CREEK NEAR BLAINE, OR.: 45.324276, -123.546501
NESTUCCA RIVER NEAR BEAVER, OR: 45.266494, -123.847061
SILETZ RIVER AT SILETZ, OR: 44.715117, -123.887335
EAST FORK LOBSTER CREEK NEAR ALSEA, OR.: 44.247899, -123.636494
ALSEA RIVER NEAR TIDEWATER, OR: 44.385954, -123.831778
SIUSLAW RIVER NEAR MAPLETON, OR: 44.062343, -123.883166
SOUTH UMPQUA RIVER AT TILLER, OR: 42.930399, -122.948387
ELK CREEK NR DREW, OR: 42.890122, -122.917830
COW CREEK ABV GALESVILLE RES, NR AZALEA, OR.: 42.823177, -123.125892
COW CREEK NEAR AZALEA, OR: 42.824843, -123.178949
WEST FORK COW CREEK NEAR GLENDALE, OR: 42.804004, -123.610907
COW CREEK NEAR RIDDLE, OR: 42.923450, -123.428957
SOUTH UMPQUA RIVER NEAR BROCKWAY, OR: 43.133172, -123.398405
LAKE CREEK NEAR DIAMOND LAKE, OR: 43.186667, -122.166389
N.UMPQUA R ABV WHITE MULE CK, NR TOKETEE FALLS, OR: 43.324013, -122.196980
N UMPQUA RIVER BLW LEMOLO LK, NR TOKETEE FALLS, OR: 43.322069, -122.195591
N.UMPQUA R BLW WARM SPRINGS CK NR TOKETEE FALLS,OR: 43.354845, -122.251982
CLEARWATER RIVER ABV TRAP CK NR TOKETEE FALLS, OR: 43.244290, -122.287260
CLEARWATER R BLW MOWICH CREEK, NR TOKETEE FALLS,OR: 43.250956, -122.338373
NORTH UMPQUA RIVER AT TOKETEE FALLS, OR: 43.263733, -122.421709
N.UMPQUA R BLW SLIDE CK DAM NR TOKETEE FALLS, OR: 43.276417, -122.449972
FISH CREEK ABV SLIPPER CREEK NR TOKETEE FALLS, OR: 43.211233, -122.427542
N.UMPQUA R BLW SODA SPGS RESV, NR TOKETEE FALLS,OR: 43.303732, -122.498934
BOULDER CREEK NEAR TOKETEE FALLS, OR: 43.303454, -122.530324
N UMPQUA RIVER ABV COPELAND CK NR TOKETEE FALLS,OR: 43.295954, -122.536713
STEAMBOAT CREEK NEAR GLIDE, OR: 43.349842, -122.728942
LITTLE RIVER AT PEEL, OR: 43.252618, -123.026172
NORTH UMPQUA RIVER AT WINCHESTER, OR: 43.272060, -123.412299
LITTLE WOLF CREEK NEAR TYEE, OR: 43.431227, -123.586757
UMPQUA RIVER NEAR ELKTON, OR: 43.585950, -123.555373
SOUTH FORK COQUILLE RIVER AT POWERS, OR: 42.891499, -124.070652
SF COQUILLE RIVER AT MYRTLE POINT, OR: 43.065665, -124.147048
N FK COQUILLE R NR MYRTLE POINT, OR: 43.068178, -124.107844
COQUILLE RIVER AT COQUILLE, OR: 43.157942, -124.181794
ROGUE RIVER ABOVE PROSPECT, OR: 42.774849, -122.499759
ROGUE RIVER BELOW PROSPECT, OR: 42.729572, -122.516147
SOUTH FORK ROGUE RIVER NEAR PROSPECT, OR: 42.708184, -122.392809
ROGUE R AT COLE M RIVERS F HATCHERY NR MCLEOD, OR: 42.665833, -122.686389
BIG BUTTE CREEK NEAR MCLEOD, OR: 42.651237, -122.691429
ROGUE RIVER NEAR MCLEOD, OR: 42.655404, -122.715041
ELK CREEK NEAR TRAIL, OR: 42.678736, -122.741987
ROGUE RIVER AT DODGE BRIDGE, NEAR EAGLE POINT, OR: 42.524847, -122.842820
WEST FORK ASHLAND CREEK NEAR ASHLAND, OR: 42.148743, -122.716699
EAST FORK ASHLAND CREEK NEAR ASHLAND, OR: 42.152632, -122.709476
BEAR CREEK BLW ASHLAND CREEK AT ASHLAND, OR: 42.215964, -122.722255
BEAR CREEK AT MEDFORD, OR: 42.324015, -122.866706
ROGUE RIVER AT RAYGOLD NEAR CENTRAL POINT, OR: 42.437346, -122.987268
ROGUE RIVER AT GRANTS PASS, OR: 42.430396, -123.317837
APPLEGATE RIVER NEAR COPPER, OR: 42.063736, -123.111436
STAR GULCH NEAR RUCH, OR: 42.154014, -123.075323
APPLEGATE RIVER NEAR APPLEGATE, OR: 42.241511, -123.140049
APPLEGATE RIVER NEAR WILDERVILLE, OR: 42.354006, -123.406728
ROGUE RIVER NEAR AGNESS, OR: 42.578442, -124.058144
SUCKER CREEK BLW LITTLE GRAYBACK CK, NR HOLLAND,OR: 42.159561, -123.478951
ILLINOIS RIVER NEAR KERBY, OR: 42.231779, -123.663680
ROGUE RIVER AT HWY 101 BRIDGE, AT WEDDERBURN, OR: 42.428889, -124.412222
CHETCO RIVER NEAR BROOKINGS, OR: 42.123443, -124.187311
Owyhee best spot: 46.839563, -114.000556

Oregon is a state filled with surprises, recreational opportunities, and scenery that just can't be found elsewhere. It's a state that likes to consider that it has its own list of "wonders" – in fact there are seven of them to be exact. Oregon is known for picturesque Mt. Hood, the Oregon coast, the Painted Hills, Smith Rock, the Wallows, Columbia River Gorge, and Crater Lake. All of these wonders are true beauties well worth taking in, but so is the fly fishing that you can find throughout this wondrous state.

FAs an angler you'll be thrilled to read that there are 363 miles worth of Pacific coastline to be found in Oregon, as well a collection of reservoirs and streams, and some rather massive rivers. You'll be able to catch panfish, trout, steelhead, and salmon which are plenty of diversity.

So if you’re ready to get started, we’ve got lots to cover from the places worth visiting to the gear you’ll want to take with you.

Where to Go?

Whether you’re in Oregon simply for the fly fishing or you’re there making a vacation out of things and looking to explore the seven wonders, there is no shortage of lakes, rivers, streams, and reservoirs to discover. There is diversity not just in the fish you’ll be catching but also in the scenery, the water conditions, and the skill level required to fish the waters. The most common types of trout you'll find in the streams, lakes, and rivers are cutthroat, brook, rainbow, redband rainbow, and brown. The rainbow and brown trout are the largest of all the different trout that are found here.

Let’s take a look at a few of the standout locations that fly fishers rave about.

Deschutes River

The Deschutes River is mentioned time and time again among fly fishers, so it's no wonder it made an appearance in the "America's 100 Best Trout Streams" guidebook. The closest city to this river is Maupin and this river is open year-round for fly fishing. The skill level given to the river is moderate, which means if you're looking for a bit of a challenge you're going to find it here. As for the trout you'll be fishing for, there are rainbow, brown, and brook trout to be found. Anglers tend to like the upper waters of the river, whereas the middle section isn't quite as busy. Move along downstream and you'll find the conditions improve once again. Additional fish species include the redside and steelhead.

Owyhee River

Located near the city of Nyssa, the Owyhee River is just 10 miles in length but offers fabulous cold water fishing. It is described as a classic example of tail water trout fishing, and it pretty much stays cold year round thanks to the cold water flowing in from the Owyhee reservoir. This area tends to stay pretty quiet, so if you prefer not to deal with crowds this is a great river. The trout come from a hatchery, and you'll find that they can get pretty impressive in size, growing up to 30 inches. The river is made up of brown and rainbow trout. If you're planning a trip to the Owyhee River the season runs from April until the end of October. You've got the option of wading or fishing from the shore here.

Eagle Cap Wilderness

If you're the type who enjoys more of the rugged landscapes, then the Eagle Cap Wilderness will appeal to you. Here you will be surrounded by the famous Wallowa Mountains, which look a whole lot like the Rocky Mountains to many people. You are surrounded by thick and beautiful forests, wildlife, and quiet. The nearest city is LaGrande, and this area is ideal in the summer and fall for fly fishing. You'll need to hike through the wilderness in order to find the various streams, rivers, and lakes. This is more of an adventure than just a simple day-trip. As for the water conditions, expect cool waters that are perfect for trout that are also crystal clear.

Chewaucan River

Sticking with the idea of getting off the beaten path, there is the Chewaucan River. The nearest city to this river is Paisley, but you'll find this river isn't as well known. Don't let that stop you from checking it out as you can find some decent sized rainbow trout in the river. Up until 1999 the river was stocked by the state and as a result it offers some pretty great fishing opportunities. This river is best fished on shore or by wading. It should be noted that not all areas of the river are open to the public so you'll want to be sure you're sticking to the safe areas.

Paulina Lake

Perhaps you prefer a large lake rather than quiet streams and rivers. Paulina Lake can certainly fit that bill as it covers more than 1,500 acres. Add in the fact that it is dubbed one of the deepest lakes in all of Oregon with depths of up to 250 feet, this makes for a fabulous location. The nearest city is Bend, and you can experience the fishing here by shore, float tube, boat, or wading. As for what you'll be fishing for, it’s brown trout. Now let's go a little further, it's not just any brown trout, the largest brown trout in the state has been caught here which was 27 pounds. So you just may find your very own massive brown trout. You can also find kokanee and rainbow trout in the water.

When to Go?

As with the majority of locations the best time of year to fish is dependent on the location. If you're specifically fishing for trout then the fall and spring months are ideal. Trout love the colder water temperatures, as it helps them to be more active. Many lakes in the state are also stocked, which helps the numbers. If you can't manage a trip during those months, be sure to find a lake, river, stream in the summer that is high up in elevation so that it will be colder.

On the flipside those low elevation ponds and streams that are so warm in the summer will stay that way well into fall and even remain a decent temperature in winter. If you plan on fishing in the winter you’ll find that the trout stick to the calmer waters that aren’t moving too fast. No matter what time of year you choose to fish, be sure to dress appropriately. The winter months typically see cold temperatures and snow, while summer can get quite warm especially if you’re out in the full-sun all day.

Oregon is a state where there are hatches taking place at all times of the year. Those that take place from January to December are midges, mayflies, caddis larva, and stoneflies. The rest of the hatches are seasonal with the majority taking place between May through September or October. There are also beetles, hoppers, and eggs that have hatch seasons, as well. The three of these are later in the year hatching in the fall and winter.

What You Will Need When You Get There?

Experts suggest that you use a rode that is nine feet in length and has a five weight. Be sure to pick a fly reel that balances and matches up.

Picking your flies is a bit more involved. You want to try to match up to the hatches happening at that time of year. If you’re unsure of which ones are taking place, visit a local fly shop to get information and purchase the correct flies. With all of that said there are a few that are known as "favorites" among anglers in the Pacific Northwest. These are the possie bugger nymph, yak caddis, leggy stone, lightening bug, goddard caddis, partridge soft hackle, and clark's stonefly. If you're going to stock your tackle box in advance, these are great for catching trout in the rivers and streams.

Residents and non-residents are able to purchase a fishing license through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. In Oregon anyone age 12 and older must possess a valid fishing license for sport fishing. Some fish also require a Combined Angling Tag. The fish that require these tags are halibut, sturgeon, steelhead, and salmon. Some areas require special permits and additional tags so it's wise to plan ahead and be sure you have all the proper items. You can purchase a one-year license or a multi-day license.

Oregon is ready and waiting to welcome anglers from all over the country and impress them with the diversity of fish species, the stunning scenery, and the seemingly endless lakes, rivers, streams, and reservoirs that are ideal for fly fishing. Choose the timing of your trip wisely, and remember there are still great places to fish even in the winter months throughout the state of Oregon. It’s a state that never stops where opportunity is concerned.