Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in La Grande, OR

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Eastern Oregon River Outfitters

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter


Phone icon541-848-7293 Email iconeoriveroutfitters@gmail.com Link icongranderondeflyfishing.com
La Grande, OR

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The Story

Go fly fishing on the Wallowa and Grande Ronde Rivers with Orvis-endorsed Eastern Oregon River Outfitters. We came to be out of our love and desire for catching quality fish among remote beauty. Northeast Oregon provides all of that while floating and fishing the "Wild and Scenic" Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers. Whether you are looking for a single day of fishing, or a multi-day camp trip, our knowledgeable and professional guides focus on every detail of the day. From the time we meet until you are happily on your way, your satisfaction, enjoyment, and safety are our top priorities while sharing a great experience on the water.

We offer both guided day trips and guided multi-day camp trips. The remote region that we operate in provides us not only with unpressured, world-class wild rainbow trout and steelhead fishing, but also with wilderness scenery and wildlife viewing that is sure to impress any nature lover. All of our multi-day camp trips operate on the roadless, "Wild and Scenic" section of the Grande Ronde River. Nestled within the blue mountains, the dramatic river canyon and mixed coniferous forests create a beautiful and remote backdrop for a fishing expedition. Our local guides enjoy explaining the history and archeology of the region while also placing you in the most productive pieces of water. We always say, be ready to cast a lot, as your guide will continuously row you from the best riffle to run while you continue to fish in between. Add in the abundant number of rainbow trout, some being measured in pounds, and not inches, and each day is sure to engage and bring success for anglers of all skill levels. Steelhead season also adds another element to the fun as we begin to fish a wide array of tactics throughout the day, while often stopping to spey cast and swing flies. Depending on the season, we will either operate out of our 17ft aluminum drift boats or our 14ft fishing rafts. Both offer a comfortable and effective place to cast and fish, while your guide places the boat in the best water.

Season:

Early Summer: June-July. As the river begins to drop and clear from spring runoff, the trout fishing heats up as large hatches of caddis, mayflies, and stoneflies begin their yearly cycle. By mid-June, we start to see prolific numbers of golden stoneflies, creating explosive dry-fly fishing for the large wild rainbow trout. With warmer weather, blooming foliage, and exciting fishing, this is an incredible time to be on either the Wallowa or Grande Ronde.

Fall: September-November. The fall season begins with spectacular rainbow trout fishing in early September into October when steelhead begin to arrive. Many of these trips create a unique fly-fishing experience as you target both trout and steelhead throughout the day. October through November offers the prime season at catching a Grande Ronde River steelhead, as we begin to Spey cast and swing wet and dry flies on some of the best runs the Grande Ronde has to offer.

Winter: December-March. The Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers can both have good fishing opportunities in the winter depending on weather and water conditions. With a steelhead season that goes well into March finding, a good weather window to utilize can give anglers the opportunity at catching these incredible fish throughout the winter. The same can be said for the rainbow trout fishing, it is not uncommon to get into trophy rainbows throughout the winter months as well.

Species:

While the Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers are known for the healthy runs of summer steelhead, they also provide world-class, wild rainbow trout fishing, with many fish being talked about in pounds, not inches. .

Region/Terrain:

The Grande Ronde and Wallowa River lay in the remote NE corner of Oregon. Surrounded by stunning 9,000 ft. peaks, and beautiful evergreen forests, these rugged river canyons create one of the most beautiful fly-fishing destinations.

Typical Weather:

In the rugged terrain of NE Oregon, we get every bit of all four seasons. However, generally by mid-April, we begin to see nice spring days into the ’70s, getting up into the ’80s and ’90s throughout summer. In September, we are often greeted by great fall weather, warm during the day and cooling off by night. As we enter October and into November, we start to see the first freeze of the year with temperatures ranging from freezing into the ’50s.

Rates:

Rates start from: $450.

What is Provided:

All camp trips guests are provided with all necessary fishing equipment, tackle, on the river accommodations, meals, and non-alcoholic beverages. You are only responsible for personal clothing, an Oregon fishing license, and any alcoholic beverages.

Day trip guests will be provided with all necessary fishing gear, tackle, snacks, lunch, and non-alcoholic beverages. You are only responsible for your Oregon fishing license.

Gear Recommendations:

On trout trips, we recommend 9' or 10' rods that are either a 5-wt. or 6-wt. for most fishing tactics. When fishing streamers, we will use 7wt. rods.

On steelhead trips, we recommend 7-wt. and 8-wt. single hand rods. For Spey rods, we like both 6- and 7-wt. switch rods with Skagit shooting head, and 6-wt. and 7-wt. 12'6" or 13' rods with both Skagit and Scandi shooting heads.

What to Bring:

For all trips we encourage guests to bring a good raincoat, polarized sunglasses, a sun hat, camera, their own reusable water bottle, and sunscreen.

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