June through September: trout and smallmouth
October through early December: steelhead
December, January, and February: I'm available to guide but fishing is very weather dependent.
Late February through April 15: finishing out the steelhead season.
Trip includes lunches, flies, transportation from Joseph or Enterprise, Oregon. Rods can be provided. No waders are available, but fishing from the boat is an option if you don't have waders with you.
The Grande Ronde River is a medium-sized river and a Snake River tributary, originating in northeast Oregon and entering the Snake in Washington. My fishing on this river is primarily in Washington for rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, and Pacific steelhead. Trout fishing is primarily from a driftboat or raft and steelhead fishing is primarily floating to access a reach and then wading the river to fish.
I consider June the start of my season, when the rivers reopen after a 6-week closure following steelhead season. June trips are usually on the Wallowa River, a small tributary of the Grande Ronde. Once water levels drop in July, then I focus on the Grande Ronde. The river elevation in Washington is about 1,000 feet, warm to hot in the summer, pleasant in October when steelhead fishing begins, and cooling to sweater and jacket weather in November. My guiding resumes in late February when the weather begins to moderate and continues until April 15, when the river closes.
Trout trips typically begin about 7am and can include stopping for breakfast at the river. We usually wrap up the day of fishing after 4pm and are back to Joseph and Enterprise, Oregon about 6pm.
Summer trout and smallmouth bass fishing focuses primarily on grasshoppers through the summer, starting the day with nymphs and streamers and switching to dries as the day warms up. Steelhead fishing includes nymphing and swinging flies. Nymphing is the most productive technique and swinging is the traditional method. The Grande Ronde is legendary for its dry-fly steelhead fishing.
Summer: sunscreen, camera, binoculars, waders and/or wet-wading shoes, hat, polarized sunglasses, light layer for morning fishing. Fall and spring: sunscreen, camera, binoculars, waders, insulating layers, rain jacket, hats (sun and stocking.)
Overall: 5.0 / 5 based on 8 reviews
8 of 8 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Excellent steelhead fishing trip on Grande Ronde -
By: SMcLean from Baker City, OR 97814, USA
We had a great day of steelhead fishing with Mac out of Boggans on the Grande Ronde river. We hooked appr. 12-14 steelhead and landed 10 using jigs & bobbers, with 3 over 28 inches. I normally drift fish with yarn & corkies and had not tried bobbers & jigs. Great experience!! Hope I can get away again next year.
remarkable steelhead trip -
By: DZboston from Boston, MA, USA
Mac was a great guide and very personable and professional. Mac is very knowledgable, patient and he gave me the guidance i needed to land my first steelhead. Further, when i told him i planned to spend a few days bird hunting on my own, he went out of his way to show me state land where i could find birds--his advice was invaluable and very much appreciated.
By: jefmd1 from New York, NY
A fly fisherman for 7 years, this was my first steelhead experience. Mac made 2 handed casting easy. He has a firm but pleasant teaching style. He is flexible and friendly. He has extensive knowledge of fish and his environs. He is a real pleasure to be with.
Grand Ronde Steelhead -
By: WomanofSteel from Portland, OR
I’m female and have mostly fly fished for trout. This was my second guided trip for steelhead (first trip with Mac), so I am still a relative newcomer to fly fishing for steelhead and to swinging a spey rod. Mac, however, helped me with my presentation, and explained the fine intricacies of hooking and landing such a large, powerful fish. Mac also has encyclopedic information about the area’s flora and fauna, its geology, and a wealth of experience with the outdoors. Even had I not landed a steelhead, the trip itself was worthwhile, for we got to see elk, deer, river otters, and eagles and munch on edible berries!
Great day fishing -
By: CRCO from Denver, CO
Our recent trip with Mac on the Grande Ronde was a great day from start to finish. Mac is a skilled angler and an excellent teacher. A fishing trip with Mac is a great choice, whether you prefer to fish two-handed rods, single-handers, or gear. You will learn a lot and have a fun day with Mac.
Great Time -
By: Bisgard from Grande Ronde River, Oregon, USA
My father and I have been fishing with Mac for you years. The trip in November 2012 was Mac's standard top-notch, fun trip with multiple fish. Great Trip!
Great Guide -
Mac was great. Very patient even when he put us on fish and we couldn't seem to hook them up.
Great Trip -
Fished the Grande Ronde in SE Washington with Mac of Eagle Cap Fishing. Mac's a great guide & coach for someone with little or no experience for steelhead. He knows the water and where the fish lay. Wouldn't hesitate to book him again.