Fly Fishing for Steelhead

Grande Ronde and Wallowa Steelhead are renowned for their willingness to aggressively take flies. Whether that is a top water skater, a swung traditional, or drifted nymphs, the ferocity and fight is sure to please even the most experienced angler. For several months in the fall and spring, Steelhead are the prized target for us in Northeast Oregon. Beginning each year near the end of September, consistent numbers of both wild and hatchery steelhead begin to migrate out of the Snake river into the Grande Ronde and Wallowa River system. The size and beauty of these fish paired with their responsiveness to swung, skated, and dead-drifted flies makes steelhead truly special. Our most popular trip to target these spectacular fish is a Multi-Day GuidedTrip down the roadless section of the Grande Ronde. However, we can target steelhead as well in the Wallowa River, and Snake River through Hells Canyon.

Steelhead Season

In Northeast Oregon we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to fish for steelhead six months out of the year. The first fish begin to enter the lower portions of the Grande Ronde River in mid-September, and continue to be present throughout the Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers all the way through the end of March. The most productive time to book a Grande Ronde steelhead guide is generally the end of September through November. While fish can still be found much later than this, we generally begin to focus our guided steelhead fly fishing trips on the Wallowa River through the winter until the end of March.

Equipment and Techniques

All of our fly fishing guides are prepared to assist you in whatever method you see best fit to target steelhead. Due to the size and aggressive nature of Steelhead, seven and eight-weight rods are appropriate.  Spey or switch rods to swing long, wide-open runs and single hand rods with dry lines and nymphs fished under an indicator are standard setups. 


Deposit & Cancellation Policy:

50% down payment is required to book a trip with final payment due 30 days prior to launch. Deposits and final payments are non-refundable and non-transferrable.  Effective July 25, 2020 All guests making reservations for multi-day trips are required to purchase CFAR (cancel for any reason) Travel Insurance to protect their investment and ours.  We recommend purchasing your CFAR travel insurance through a company like AIG Travel Guard or Travelex.  We cannot continue to invest money into equipment, guides, trip supplies, and food to give you the best river trip possible and then refund money when events cause you to cancel, or us to cancel for reasons that may be out of anyone's control. Covid-19 regulations and travel restrictions are everchanging and purchasing CFAR travel insurance will protect your investment.  We cannot give cash refunds for any reason whatsoever. We cannot make exceptions due to medical or family emergencies, weather conditions, travel restrictions imposed by local, state, or federal agencies.  CFAR travel insurance protects your investment whether you cancel for any reason or we are unable to perform the trip.  Most insurance companies require trip insurance to be purchased within a couple weeks of making your deposit so do not put it off.  

Spring Trout: Golden Stonefly Launch Dates 2023

June 12-15 2 Spots left

June 18-21 FULL

June 24-27 FULL

June 30-July 3 FULL

Fall Trout & Steelhead Launch Dates 2023

September 10-14 3 spots left

September 17-21 1 spot left

September 25-28 FULL 

October 1-5 FULL

October 8-12 

October 15-19

October 22-25

Any 5 day trip can be booked as a 4 day option.

Fly Fishing Rates

Half day Wallowa $395/1-2 anglers

Full day Wallowa Highway Section $595/1-2 anglers

Full day Troy section for steelhead $750/1-2 anglers

Full day Wallowa Roadless Section with Rail Road Shuttle $750/1-2 anglers

Multi-day camp trip $595/day/person (all inclusive)

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