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Fly Fishing The Sycan River Oregon
The Sycan River basically has two different sections
that the public can fish - the Upper Sycan River and
the Lower Sycan River. It begins in the Fremont
National Forest and flows for about twenty-five miles
to the large, privately owned Sycan Marsh. The
upper river flows through both fast pocket water in
areas of heavy timber and in other areas meanders
through open meadows. Much of the river flows
through a steep gradient.
Fly fishing the Sycan River in areas can be tough.
The upper river can be accessed via Forest Service
Roads but it's wild and rugged country. Parts of the
river flows through canyons. The trout are
surprisingly large for such a small, steep gradient
stream. They can average from 10 to 15 inches and
run up to 20. Much of the river has to be reached on
foot, so the Forest Service roads are not always
nearby the stream.
The Lower Sycan River flows for thirty miles into the
Sprague River near Beatty. Fly fishing the Sycan
River in its lower section starts from the Sycan Marsh
downstream to approximately twelve miles above
Beatty. Its waters consist mostly meandering meadow
water with large pools and undercut banks.
The Sycan River has a very good population of wild
brown trout, bull trout that are not legal to catch and
some rainbow trout. The trout can run quite large. Its
banks are lined with bushes and willow trees in most
areas and timber in others. In the late Summer, the
flows are usually drawn down for irrigation needs.
The lower dozen miles flows through private
property. Sections of the lower river can be floated.
This river is at its best during the Summer and Fall.
Spring can be okay in areas prior to the runoff but it
usually last through June.
Fly fishing the Sycan River is best during the
Summer. The water can be low during late Summer.
Early Fall is good for the brown trout which spawn in
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