Mid September Trout Fishing on the Wallowa and Grande Ronde

Just a few pictures from this past weekend fishing with the 3 older boys and a few friends.  I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures, but I think there are a few good ones.  Click on the picture below to see the gallery.

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River Cleanup trip, low water rafting (380 cfs), and fires in the Wenaha

It has been a very interesting week or two. We have made a voluntary agreement with SOLVE for quite a few years now to do 2 river cleanup trips per year. Since we are acting as volunteers, the signed agreement is really just a symbol that we are doing our best to be good stewards of the section of river that we make our living on. But I take it seriously and twice a year come hell frozen over and high water in the spring, or hell on fire and low water in the summer we run a trip. What marked this last trip as so “interesting” was the low water of 380 cfs when we put in. I normally ask some close friends and people who have volunteered to come along and help, but I didn’t know how much dragging of rafts through shallow gravel bars would be involved at 380 cfs, so I took the crew I have rafted the most with and trust the most. The crew I knew could endure, persevere, and kick butt at any flow high or low! I took my family. Continue reading

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ODFW Proposed Rule Changes: Please Support

ODFW is proposing some very good rule changes. Please read the overview below and then write in to express your support for these good rule changes. Not mentioned in the overview below is the fact that the Wallowa and Grande Ronde would become year round fisheries so we can start fishing the great mayfly and caddis fly hatches in May!!!!!!! Email your comments of support to: odfw.commission@coho2.dfw.state.or.us this week! The comment period is almost over. Below is the quick overview: Continue reading

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Guided Fly Fishing on the Wallowa & Grande Ronde Rivers September 22-24, 2014

I have a lot of great photos I have taken over the past few years and not had time to share.  I am going to start sharing some of these albums.  Here is a set from a guided fly fishing trip for trout last September with a couple from the Yakima area.  I focus a lot of my guided fly fishing trips on the roadless section in September for a couple of reasons, the water is low and people think if the Grande Ronde is below 700 cfs, it is unfloatable.  Well that is just wrong, but we do get the 40 miles pretty much to ourselves during September.  Click on the image below for the slideshow.

Guided fly fishing for trout on the Wallowa and Grande Ronde Rivers



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Spring Training March 30, 2015

I haven’t kept up my winter hiking routine the past few years like I should but I thought today was as good of a day as any to start some spring training!  The mountain behind our home is called Smith Mountain and there is a lot of history there and I keep intending to take the time to make a post about Smith Mountain and the hiking starting right here from Minam.  It deserves a good writeup, but today is not the day for it.  For today, just a few pictures. Continue reading

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Swiftwater Rescue Course at Minam Oregon May 23-25, 2014

Have you ever done something stupid on the river and just got plain lucky that you got away with it without killing yourself?  I have.  I was eager to begin floating as soon as I got my hands on a little 8 foot Buck’s Bags pontoon boat and I started floating the small brushy stretches of our local rivers that were choked with logs, low lying branches that whipped you in the face, and the occasional dam.  The small pontoon boat was great but I soon added an inflatable kayak that I thought would be easier to hike into places like the Wenaha.  I did many dumb things with both boats just from ignorance. Continue reading

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Best looking baby boy now in residence at Minam, OR

I may be biased, but in my opinion the best looking 2 day old baby boy is right here: Continue reading

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Night time view of Martins Misery via time lapse

I have been shooting time-lapse sequences over the past year on the Grande Ronde and hope to have enough of them to put into a little longer video soon.  For now here is a taste of the evening view near Martin’s Misery on the Grande Ronde on a recent guided trip.  Enjoy, Continue reading

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Who Needs Alaska? Fat Rainbows on the Grande Ronde: September 22, 2013

It doesn’t happen every day but there are times when you are fishing for trout and you catch a very respectable plump 15 inch rainbow that puts up a good fight and you say somewhat disappointingly, “Ahh . . . he is only 15 inches, but he fought well for his size!”  That is code for “aw shucks, he isn’t nearly as big, fat, and strong as that 21 inch rainbow I landed just a little while ago or the one that just broke me off a half mile upstream.  But I should probably be happy landing fat 15 inch rainbows.”  It is an envious position to be in and the exact scenario I had for the past 3 days fishing on our roadless section of the Grande Ronde River. Continue reading

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Early September rafting and fishing report on the Grande Ronde River: September 6-8, 2013

Before Lottie and I bought the raft rental business at Minam I avoided fishing the Grande Ronde.  It was a known entity.  Or so I thought.  What I thought I knew is that everyone fishes the Grande Ronde elbow to elbow for steelhead along the road between Boggan’s Oasis and Troy or along the road on the lower section near Heller Bar.  That is true, but there is a lot more to the Grande Ronde that I didn’t know.  What I didn’t know about and had never even heard mentioned was the excellent rainbow fishery that lies in the roadless canyon between Minam and Powwatka Bridge (seven miles upstream from Troy). Continue reading

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