Grande Ronde River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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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 river followed the script perfectly - peaked mid-day Sunday and was still dropping through Monday. Should be good. Late last week gear anglers did very well as the water dropped to their upper limits of 6K cfs. The creel report from late last week showed no anglers in Oregon and 9 in Washington averaging 9 hrs/fish, but these are likely gear anglers. Fly guys can now start joining the fun.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Grande Ronde River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 3,340

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 38 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: All day

Best stretch: Schumaker area, in Washington, up to Powatka Bridge, in Oregon and Hwy. 82 along the Wallowa River

Best access point: Troy, Oregon & Oregon Hwy 82, WA Hwy 129

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Nothing of consequence.

Fish species: Steelhead, trout

Fishing season: OR: Steelhead, trout; WA: Steelhead

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

Swinging has been good, but nymphing is the go-to technique. 10' single hand 7 wt. is excellent and 11' Switch and 13' Spey rods are good choices for two-handed rods. If you are hunting for the elusive steelhead use a 12' leader for swinging, 9' leader is fine for nymphing. Nymphing is consistently more productive than swinging, but swinging has been productive.

7-Day Forecast

At the river, look for lows mostly in the 30s and highs mostly in the 40s with moderate to low chance of precipitation most days for the next week.

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