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Grande Ronde River

Saturday, September 23, 8:22 p.m. PST

Current River Levels

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Grande Ronde / Troy

7 30 year

3.31 / 751

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What to Expect in September

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Cooler weather may draw some fish out of the Snake River and into the 'Ronde. The river opens for steelhead fishing on September 1, and there may be a few fish present in the lower reaches in Washington, and maybe even around Troy--but not too many; most of the fish will show up in late September and in October.

If the rains come and the fish start to move, the Grande Ronde can be a lot of fun. There's nothing special about Grande Ronde steelheading techniques. If you like traditional tactics, this is your river. Holding water is fairly easy to recognize if you've had any experience with steelheading. The river is not huge, and intimacy is part of its appeal.

Because the Grande Ronde will be cooling down, some anglers will go deep with sink-tip lines near the end of the month--if there's been enough rain to make "deep" a possibility. Other anglers, however, feel the Grande Ronde fishes fine with a floating line even when it's cool; they'll tie Muddlers, Bombers, Green Butt Skunks, or Streetwalkers to their tippets. The best fishing is usually from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more tips, details, and map, see the article Grande Ronde River.

If you travel to this delightful stream, get both Oregon and Washington fishing licenses; there's a lot of good water on both sides of the border.

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

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