Grande Ronde River
Absolutely the greatest rush in freshwater is learning to raise steelhead to surface flies. One of the finest steelhead streams in the world, to explore the art of surface flies, is Washington's own Grande Ronde River, and its wild summer steelhead. Dennis and Mike have been guiding the GR since the mid eighties, and now this father & son fly fishing team offers two entirely different multiple day fly fishing experiences to demonstrate how to fish it.
So why the two different experiences?
Both 3-day fly fishing expeditions will cover all aspects of floating and sinktip line presentations as angler explore some twenty miles of this world class fishery. Mike runs his trips in the upper river, while Dennis floats the lower.
Grande Ronde Wilderness Steelhead Float Trips with Dennis Dickson: Since 1990, Dennis has spent a full month each fall, taking anglers on his back-to-back, 3 & 6 day steelhead expeditions floating through the lower wilderness section of the Grande Ronde river. Many of these guys return year after year.
Surface Flyfishing is the rule:
Dickson's FLHS flyline along with his ever popular Crystal Caddis dry fly, were specifically designed for these surface rising steelhead. Plan for an intimate experience as Dennis teaches you the exhilarating sport of rising steelhead to surface flies! His hands on approach, caters only to a total of three anglers per expedition.*If you are looking for life beyond, bobbers & beads, this is it. Both single and double handed rods are welcome.
*Grande Ronde Wilderness Steelhead Float Trips -$899
for 3 day trip or $1,800 for 6 day trip
Angler, Steve Burke tells of his Grande Ronde wilderness experience.
Up to six anglers are allowed per trip with Mike and an assistant, while you are taught steelhead flyfishing from sunrise to sunset. There are so many pools! Discovering the nuances of the lie water, where the steelhead hold, which pools consistently hold fish, and avoiding those that don't, that is worth the experience itself! As the camp-outs conclude, Mike also conducts single day guide trips, in the later season.
Discovering the nuances of the lie water, where the steelhead hold, which pools consistently hold fish, and avoiding those that don't, that is worth the experience itself!
*Cabins & Camp
out Clinic- $649
Anglers of all levels welcome
I just got back to civilization and wanted to say thanks for showing me
a good time over on the Grande Ronde. I had so much fun and learned a
lot, from all of you guys. It was my first steelhead trip. I got to fish
with Mike the most, I enjoyed his company and I learned a lot from him.
He was always there to help out and to laugh along with me and my comedy
of errors. From over spinning reels to near-dunkings, I had some good laughs
Sincerely, Willie U.
B) In the cabins and campout 6 angler trips: Is there room to spread out to learn?
We believe the key to our steelheading success is personal attention. Rare to even find two of our instructors & clients teaching on the same pool. Tons of lovely pools.
C) When is the best time to come?
The Cabins and Campout Trip is conducted on the upper river and the best fishing on the upper is in October.
The Wilderness Trip is done on
the lower 18 miles from mid river to mouth and we have found that there is
good fishing there starting in late
...Good camping / surface fly weather ends
by Oct 30.
Grande Ronde Wilderness Trips Booking Information
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