The Grande Ronde River known locally as "the Ronde", simply put, is an amazing river. We'd argue that an October float trip from Minam to Troy to fish for bows' and Steelhead should be on any serious anglers bucket list. It can offer stellar trout fishing in early summer when the rafts are thick and the water is cool, turns into a good small mouth fishery below Troy later in the hot summer months, and transforms once again into a regional magnet for steelheaders beginning in early October and holding strong through the winter. But for all it's fabled glory and picturesque Wild and Scenic River miles, its remains an adventure to get to. Close to no where, and far from from everywhere else, we are lucky to call the Ronde our local steelhead water.
Some of our favorite Grande Ronde Fly Patterns :
Dries: Kaufman Stimulator sz. 8 -14 , Parachute Adams sz. 10- 16 , Purple Haze sz 10 -16, Foamulator sz. 6-12 , Caddis sz 8-16, Hoppers sz 6 - 12 , Yellow Sallies sz. 12 - 16
Nymphs: Princes sz. 6 - 14, Rubber Leg Squirrel sz. 8 - 14, Copper John sz. 12 - 18 , Lightning Bug sz. 14 - 18, Bead Head Hare's Ear sz 8 - 16, Wooly Bugger sz. 8 - 12, Kaufman Stone Nymph sz. 6 -12
Streamers: BH Rubber Leg Black or Olive Woolly Bugger , Sculpin , Muddler Minnows , Leeches
Steelhead: Black and Purple Hobo Spey , Purple Peril , Summer Run , Green Butt Skunk , Gold BH Black Woolly Bugger , Egg Sucking Crystal Leech , Copper Swan , BH Prince , Jumbo John , Egg Patterns , BH Rubber Leg Red Squirrel , Possie Bugger, Starlight Leech, "Magneto" Stone
Bass: Chubby Chernobyl , BH Green Wooly Bugger , Poppers , Muddler Minnow
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Grande Ronde River Reports:
7/12/18: Some great bass fishing around Troy. Use a green bugger or a green bugger.
7/4/18: Sorry, I got behind on my reporting. Last week the river was still high, and full of rafters, but some big fish were caught during the salmon fly hatch (now over). The river has dropped sharply the last few days and should afford more bank fishing. The Ronde gets too warm to be a great trout stream, and some bass have already moved upstream past Troy.
6/6/18: Lots of rafters, but the river is still too high for decent fishing. Salmon flies and Golden stones are moving upstream quickly from Troy to the Wallowa. However, we aren't seeing surface trout feeding. Best luck for this high water is probably a large streamer - bugger or dali llama. Or possibly a caddis or parachute dry in the back eddies along the bank.