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. I am happy to guide through the winter months, but most anglers prefer to wait until late February, fishing during the last two months of the steelhead season, ending April 15. I've "cracked the code" on true winter steelhead fishing and catching steelhead through flowing ice is my newest steelhead passion.
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.)