We have almost completed our Deschutes Trout and Grande Ronde Trout seasons, we have been on the water 46 out of the past 48 days. The salmon fly hatch was as good as I’ve seen in years. May weather was outstanding then came June. I think the word June must mean “rain and wind“. We had a lot of unfavorable weather in June because of this we did have some great may fly hatches. The report from the Deschutes ~ fishing still remains quite good.
Our first two Grande Ronde trips we battled high cold water, the river was beautiful as ever but fishing was slow. Our third trip June 30-July 2nd was quite good. The river was still on the high side about 4000 csf but fishing was excellent. On one day we landed a rainbow trout that was an easy 25′ inches and 5 to 6 pounds, we have the entire catch on film and will post as soon as we can.
It was great to end our Grande Ronde season on a high note. The Grande Ronde is a hidden jewel and the most amazing trout fisheries I’ve seen when it is on. Since it is a natural free-flowing river controlled by mother nature it is hard to plan for perfect fishing but it’s always beautiful.
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The crew and I showed up at Minim Oregon (launch site) preparing to fish the Grande Ronde River. Trout fishing was very good and the river was as beautiful as I remembered. This trip is an adventure we have been doing for over 20 years and with every trip I am amazed by the Grande Ronde’s almost secrete beauty.
Our Grande Ronde fishing trips are 50 mile floats that beginning at Minim, which is approximately 30 miles from LaGrande Oregon and ending in Troy Oregon approximately 8 miles from the Oregon and Washington border.
The Grand Ronde is a free flowing river cutting it’s way through a deep canyon where it eventually flows into the Snake River. The canyon is timbered in fir and Ponderosa Pines enter spurts with large grassy meadows and flat benches that become our camp site’s.
Because the Grand Ronde is free flowing there is only a small window of opportunity to float and experience great trout fishing contact us if you would like to see Oregon’s secrete treasure, the Grande Ronde River!
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Our apologies for the delay in posting, this time of year time seems to be able to get away from us more then any other. We have been on the Rogue Rafting, Deschutes Trout and Deschutes steelhead fishing trips but we want to tell you about out 2 mid -July Grande Ronde River Trout trips.
Mother nature never seems to stop amazing me. With the amazing snow pack we had this year it looked as if we would not be able to fish the Grande Ronde at all but the weather cooperated and we were able to do our 2 trips that were scheduled for mid-July. We were not sure what hatches we would find being mid-July; this is where mother nature impressed me the most; High water, cold water, cool weather, the stone fly hatch that would normally accure in mid-June took place in mid-July!
Some of our rivers have cooling towers where they can manipulate water conditions and temperatures BUT mother nature is never wrong. I worry about the rivers that man is manipulating.
The crew and I showed up at Minim (launch site) on July 13th, river flow was 4,700 cfs and the bite was on!!!! Trout fishing was very good and the river was as beautiful as I remembered.
Trip 2 was July 16th river was 3,700 cfs and fishing was even better, even though we were there in mid-July due to our winter and spring weather the conditions were as if we were there in mid-June. the wild flowers were blooming, the mock orange lined the shore lines with the fragrance of orange smell looming in the air.
Needless to say after 20 years of fishing the Grande Ronde these 2 trips ranked in the top 10 of fishing trips that we have ran on the Grande Ronde, years like this make it hard to leave and really excited to come back next year.
What will mother nature offer us next season???? Visit our flickr page to see more photo’s from this wonderful eastern Oregon River.
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It’s a 50 mile float beginning at Minim, which is approximately 30 miles from LaGrande, Oregon and ending in Troy, Oregon approximately 8 miles from the Oregon and Washington border.
Our trip begins in the mountains at the confluence of the Minim and Wallowa Rivers at the very small town of Minim. The Grand Ronde is a beautiful free flowing river cutting it’s way through a deep canyon where it eventually flows into the Snake River. The canyon is timbered in fir and ponderosa pines enter spurts with large grassy meadows and flat benches that become our camp site’s. Here is a quick video sharing some of the campsites and fishing experiences of 2010. Enjoy…
The fishing day on the Grand Ronde begins as we launch our drift boats and ready our rods at 9:00 am, as we drift the river your guide will steady the boat while you cast into the riffles and rocky shore lines where the trout lay and wait. At noon we’ll find a beautiful bench where we will stop and prepare a deluxe shore lunch, we remain here for about 2 hours, allowing your guide to rest his arms and you to do some shore fishing or simply sit back, relax and take in the beauty and serenity that the Grand Ronde has to offer. After lunch we are back in the drift boat’s fishing our way down to our evenings camp site, Where our camp will have been preset and awaiting our arrival, we provide large spacious tents, cot’s, shower, comfortable lounge chair’s and a bond fir where we all can exchange our stories from the days fishing.
There are only a few days on our calendar open to flyfish the Grand Ronde. If you are interested in fishing one of Oregon’s forgotten rivers give us a call. Booking for 2011 has already began.
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