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
Heavy rains are falling in the region on Tuesday, so the river WILL be rising, but it will take 12+ hours to register on the site at Troy. Last week's creel report recorded 28 hrs/fish for a dozen fish in Oregon and 16 hrs/fish for 8 fish in Washington Oregon and Washington have each reduced steelhead daily keep limit to one fish in the Snake River and tributaries. The river is quite low now, which is good for fishing, but hard on a drift boat but they are making it and rafts seemed to have no problem. 'Hoppers are the "deal" now, into October. There are October Caddis flying now and I saw fish rising all afternoon.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Grande Ronde River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 689

Visibility: 15 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 58 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

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:

Hoppers are the "deal" now into October. October Caddis and other caddis and mayflies are present, at lease early and late in the day.

Fish species: Trout & smallmouth bass, steelhead??

Fishing season: Steelhead & trout

Nearest airport: Walla Walla or Spokane, WA; Boise or Lewiston, ID

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

Steelhead have arrived. Swinging streamers and nymphing stonefly nymphs are both good techniques. The smallmouth bass fishing is tapering off, but the trout bite is good. To target trout a 5 wt. rod will be more fun than a steelhead wt. 7. My recommendation for 3X tippet is for fluorocarbon material for trout, but trout were biting our steelhead flies tied to 1X fluoro.

7-Day Forecast

Heavy rain is forecast and a fact through today (Tuesday) then tapering off and clearing on Thursday, then in a day or so the river should begin dropping and fishing should quickly improve. Through Wednesday, however, save the gas until the water stabilizes. This week daily high temperatures at the river start in the 50s and then warm into the 60s later in the week and lows are in the 30s and 40s all week. The most recent forecast on this year's steelhead return is from Jeff Yanke, Dist. Fisheries Bio in Enterprise - this season's return is about 10,000 fish smaller than last year and about 25% of the 10 year average. The Columbia River has closed to steelhead angling and regionally fisheries manager are discussing some regulation changes to protect the weak fish return. Yanke says he will report any regulation changes as they apply.

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