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The Owyhee River

Posted on July 04 2015

The Owyhee River

With the home waters  high and unwadeable, I have flown out west to fish an under the radar tailwater called the Owyhee River.  It's a tributary of the Snake River located just over the Oregon border from Boise Idaho. The water from the Owyhee is used for crop irrigation. It's a small river with a current flow of 120 cfs. The river flows through a remote canyon for about 25 miles and then is piped out into fields to grow a variety of crops including potatoes, onions, hops, corn and wheat.

There is no lodging in the canyon with the nearest motels an hour away in Caldwell Idaho.

It's hot, air temp in the canyon hit 108 yesterday, (it was only 105 when I got here Thursday).  It's a high desert and everything has to be watered to grow.  The Snake provides most of the water but there are a series of reservoirs that supplement the Snake's water supply.

The drive over to the river passes through the crop fields and you see   pheasants, quail and turkeys along the road on every trip.

The fishing?  You'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out, it's time to head to the river.


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