Grande Ronde River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Grande Ronde River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The weekend creel report returned surprising results - Oregon and Washington both returned catch rates just under 8 hrs/fish, however, Oregon had only one-third the number of anglers that fished in Washington The river level has begun its spring rise and the weather forecast suggests it will continue this week, . Oregon and Washington have each reduced steelhead daily keep limit to one fish in the Snake River and tributaries.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Grande Ronde River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 2,950

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 44 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:

No hatches of significance.

Fish species: Steelhead & Trout

Fishing season: Steelhead & trout

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

Water conditions are suitable for swinging or nymphing and will remain so up to 4,000 cfs, then it becomes a gear fisherman's game up to 6,000 cfs. Swing presentations may perform better as flows rise with a type V or heavier sink tip.

7-Day Forecast

This week's forecast is clear and warm through Saturday, then a chance of precipitation on Sunday. The downside of this forecast is that the river is likely to continue rising as snow in the Blues and Wallowas continue to melt. However, the rise through the weekend was gradual enough that it did not hinder the fishing. The Bonneville fish count is about 99,000 steelhead and Lower Granite is almost 49,000 steelhead, so not a great count, reminiscent of the runs in the 80s. If fish are stacked up at Heller Bar, this freshet will move them upstream. 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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