Grande Ronde River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Mac Huff
Fly Fishing Map of Grande Ronde River, WA
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Grande Ronde River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The Wallowa, in Oregon, is pushing the limit and the water will be backed up into the shoreline willows - an alternative in the Wallowa Valley is Wallowa Lake either from a boat or from shore.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Grande Ronde River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 3,110

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F

Water condition: Slightly Turbid

Best time of day to fish: Late morning until dark

Best stretch: Pawatka Bridge in Oregon, downstream to the Snake and the Wallowa River in Oregon

Best access point: Troy, Oregon on Oregon Hwy 82

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Early season mayfly hatches, caddis andgolden stones should be abundant in Washington plus skwalas and golden stones, along with abundant caddis and mayfly hatches showing up in Oregon on the Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers.

Fish species: Trout, bass, whitefish

Fishing season: OR & WA Trout, bass, whitefish

Nearest airport: Walla Walla or Spokane, WA; Boise or Lewiston, ID

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Grande Ronde River Description

The Grande Ronde River slices a 3,000 foot deep canyon through flood-basalt flows that originated from Grande Ronde volcano when it was active 15 million years ago. This is a moderate-gradient freestone river supporting abundant caddis and stonefly populations and good mayfly hatches.
The arid climate at the bottom of the canyon is warm in the summer and generally moderate through the fall and spring with ...

Techniques & Tips

Water level in the Grande Ronde is at a fishable level, but still not quite low enough to get a "good" rating - but close. My recommendation for 3X tippet is for fluorocarbon material. For nylon tippet 5X is best and 4X should be fine at these water levels.

7-Day Forecast

Early in the week there is a high probability of rain and lightning, with better weather through the end of the week. Low temperatures along the river are in the 50s and highs in the 70s and 80s.

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