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 river opened up early today and all your fishing options are open. If you plan to float, be sure you have a clear channel from launch to takeout. A week ago the creel checker talked with only 2 anglers in OR and they fish 2 hrs without catching any steelhead. In Washington there were no anglers. On Monday and Tuesday, this week, no anglers were on the river. 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 Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 833

Visibility: 30 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 32 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:

The cool temperatures and rain (snow in the Blues and Wallowas) have put an end to 'hoppers, as well as October Caddis.

Fish species: Steelhead & Trout

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

The weather is warming up and the ice is clearing out of the river. On Thursday afternoon there were still some ice jambs blocking the river, so boating may not be appropriate, but there is no floating ice, so you can fish a swing or drift nymphs.

7-Day Forecast

The river iced up last week but was breaking up on Tuesday and is no longer floating in the current and should continue to melt as the high for Friday is forecast at 51. 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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