Eagle Cap Fishing Guides (Mac Huff), OR

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Joseph, Oregon

Eagle Cap Fishing Guides (Mac Huff),  OR


Mac was fortunate to learn fly fishing as a small boy and has fly fished for decades. He discovered steelhead 25 years ago and has guided for steelhead, trout, smallmouth, and bull trout for the past 20 years. He is a wildlife biologist and enjoys sharing flora, fauna, and geology observations with guests during the day.

Date Range

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.

What is Provided to Customer

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.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

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.

Typical Weather by Season

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.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

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.


Species You Fish for by Season

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.


What Should Customers Bring?

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: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 8 reviews


8 of 8 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Excellent steelhead fishing trip on Grande Ronde - 1/14/2015
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    remarkable steelhead trip - 12/25/2014
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    excellent - 12/24/2014
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    Grand Ronde Steelhead - 10/16/2014
    By: 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!

  • 5/5

    Great day fishing - 11/3/2013
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    Great Time - 12/5/2012
    By: 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!

  • 5/5

    Great Guide - 11/9/2012

    Mac was great. Very patient even when he put us on fish and we couldn't seem to hook them up.

  • 5/5

    Great Trip - 10/25/2012

    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.

Eagle Cap Fishing Guides
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
Mac Huff
Joseph, OR

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