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Grande Ronde River

Monday, October 5, 2:12 p.m. PDT

Current River Levels

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Grande Ronde / Troy

7 30 year

3.10 / 565

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What to Expect in October

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The Grande Ronde is a one of the most appealing steelhead rivers in the West. Not only does the river flow through a beautiful canyon, but it boasts classic water in which traditional tactics work well and most runs are obvious to anglers with only modest steelheading experience.

October is normally the best month to fish this river. The big question is WHEN in October. Optimum flows are 800-1200 cfs, which should be enough to draw fish in from the Snake. A little rain would help. On the other hand, the Grande Ronde can blow-out big time during a storm, and can take several days to drop back to a fishable level.

A floating line should be sufficient for most of October, and early in the month you might even take some fish on a skater. But if the water temperature dips below 48 degrees, switch to a sink-tip. Once the weather cools off, the best fishing will be between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Muddlers and other traditional patterns, such as Green Butt Skunks, work well.

Make sure you have licenses and tags for both Washington and Oregon; good fishing doesn't stop at the border. For maps and more information on this river, see Grande Ronde River for maps and details on this river.

This river's charms are not a secret. Expect crowds.

For more on October tactics and flies, see the Rivers in General forecast

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Other Info Sources

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The Avid Angler 206-362-4030

Creekside Angling Company 425-392-3800
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The Evening Hatch 509-962-5959
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Orvis Seattle 425-452-9138

Pacific Fly Fishers 425-742-2402

Patrick's Fly Shop 206-325-8988

Puget Sound Fly Co. 253-472-2420

Silver Bow Fly Shop 509-924-9998
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