Boise Valley Fly Fishers
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Steelhead on the Grande Ronde Oct 16-18

  • 16 Oct 2015
  • 18 Oct 2015
  • Grande Ronde River, Troy, Oregon


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October Outing to the Grande Ronde River in Oregon

Date: October 16 – 18, 2015
Host: Larry Donohoo

The October Outing is to the Grande Ronde River in Northeast Oregon/Southeast Washington. We will be staying in Troy, Oregon, October 16th to the 18th, where they have a campground with RV hook-ups, hotel and café; there is a primitive campground a mile or so up river from Troy. If you are planning on staying in Troy be sure to reserve your campsite early, they fill up fast ( or 541-828-7773). Oregon licenses and Columbia Basin Endorsement (required to fish for Steelhead in the Columbia Basin) can be obtained in Troy. 

Last year we had several members that were successful using strike indicator techniques with large nymphs and egg patterns. Swinging flies on the Grande Ronde can also be successful and last year I saw several fisherman swinging flies and I talk to a couple of fisherman on the river who were successful swinging flies. I also observed several fishermen using their pontoon boat to drift down the river and to access the roadless side of the river.

Useful flies; purple peril, green butt skunks, black bunny leeches, size 6-8 nymphs like bead head prince nymph and peacock stone flies, and glo bug egg patterns. Consult the Joseph Fly Shop for up to date fishing reports and the best flies to use ( or 541-432-4343).

At last year’s auction I purchased the guided steelhead trip on the Grande Ronde and I have arranged to take that trip the Wednesday and Thursday before our outing and I will be happy the share what I learn from the guide at the evening campfire after a couple of adult beverages.

Any questions call me at 208-939-0376 or email me at

Larry Donohoo

Outings Chairman

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