Grande Ronde River
** After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel our 2021 Fall steelhead season on the Grande Rhonde and Klickitat Rivers. **
With 2021 being the lowest steelhead returns in recorded history, we have decided that guiding and adding extra pressure to this fishery is not in the best interest of the fish. It has been a very difficult decision to make with years of tradition chasing these amazing fish. If we truly care about the future of Columbia River steelhead then the best thing we all can do is take the season off.
Located in Hell’s Canyon country and the far reaches of Southeast Washington, the river has humble beginnings in the Blue Mountains of Oregon. Although amazing “wild and scenic” flows exist upstream, the Grande Ronde is most popular (and accessible) from Troy, Oregon to its confluence with the Snake River. Cell phones don’t work and it takes a car ride down the approximately 2,000 foot drop of the Rattlesnake grade to reach the river. What a great place to steelhead fish!
Steelhead become perfuse in September with good numbers in October. We prefer to fish later in October through November when fall rain is more likely, causing the river to slightly rise and the water to cool. Two to three days are encouraged on the Grande Ronde due to the remote location and the variety of different floats available.