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 rivers are low enough now to offer very good fishing opportunities in the Grande Ronde and tributaries. Trout will continue to be active at 75 degrees, but will taper off if the temperature toward 80 and above 80 degrees they will have little interest in your offerings. Bass will remain active through the warmer temperatures. 'Hoppers are showing up and will be the "deal" for the rest of the summer.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Grande Ronde River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 607

Visibility: 30 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 75 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Late morning until dark

Best stretch: Pawatka Bridge in Oregon, downstream to the Snake and the Wallowa River in Oregon

Best access point: Troy, Oregon on Oregon Hwy 82 and WA Hwy 129

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Caddis and mayflies are present, at lease early and late in the day. "Hoppers are the "deal" now through September

Fish species: Trout, smallmouth bass

Fishing season: Trout

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

Water level in the Grande Ronde plummeted this week, losing nearly half of last week's volume. Trout fishing is excellent above WA Hwy 129, and the smallmouth bass fishing is excellent above Hwy 129 and gets better the closer you are to the Snake. My recommendation for 3X tippet is for fluorocarbon material. For nylon tippet 5X is best and 4X should be fine at these water levels.

7-Day Forecast

Daily temperatures at the river will be mostly in the 90s with lows in the 50s - no precipitation in this week's forecast.

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