Running more than 500 miles in total, our float covered a mere 25-odd miles of the river designated as “Wild and Scenic” under the Oregon Scenic Waterways Act.
While John Day smallmouths average a modest 8 to 12 inches, larger fish topping 18 inches long prowl the river and can occasionally be coaxed to eat larger flies.
Locals now call the river the “Grand Canyon of Oregon.” From its source in the Strawberry Mountains to the junction with the Columbia, the river offers unique fly fishing opportunities paired with wilderness adventure.

Be sure to check out Jess McGlothlin's story Discovering Resilience and other incredible features in the March/April issue of American Angler Magazine. You can also find more of her photos and stories at jessmcglothlinmedia.com.

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