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The Fishing Report

Steelhead 101: Understanding Steelhead

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Steelhead are awesome, especially those that return to the Grande Ronde watershed. Along with a few streams in Idaho, our home waters in northeast Oregon’s Wallowa County are about as far inland as Steelhead live in the United States. After they’re born (or stocked) in our local streams, they spend time in the river until they […]

Steelhead 101: Course Intro and Meet Your Professor of Fly Fishing Paul Pagano

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Paul Pagano, fly fishing guide for Winding Waters River Expeditions and owner of Fly Side Angling, offers his take on fly fishing for steelhead on the Grande Ronde River and the Wallowa River.

How to Plan & Pack For a Multi-Day Fly Fishing Trip

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Fly fishermen are real gear heads. Doesn’t it always seem like there’s some new piece of equipment we need to have? Here at Winding Waters River Expeditions, our fly fishing guides have decades of experience leading anglers on multi-day fly fishing trips for Steelhead, Rainbow Trout, and Smallmouth Bass. Today, we’re going to talk about […]

Wallowa River Steelhead Creel Report March 8th

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Wallowa River Steelhead Creel Report   The Numbers are starting to look pretty good down on the Wallowa.  The fishing conditions are perfect.  Get down there before the big warm up happens this weekend and the river blows out.     Fishery Days surveyed Number of sts anglers Hours Fished   Kept   Released Total […]

Wallowa River Steelhead Fishing Report March 2, 2017

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Wallowa River Steelhead Fishing Report Walk Wade Wallowa River Steelhead Fishing Trip Date: March 1st, 2017 Weather: Partly Cloudy with Light Wind 45F Water Temperature: 40f Flow: 500 CFS & dropping slightly on Wallowa River Gauge Below Water Canyon Water Conditions: Steelhead Green 5′ visibility Gear: 10′ 6weight Sage, Floating Line Flies: Flourescent Nymph Patterns Dead Drift Today’s Fishing Experience:   Great […]

Wallowa River Steelhead Update February 27th 2017

Monday, February 27th, 2017

  The Wallowa River Steelhead Fishing Conditions have improved greatly over the past few days.  The Wallowas are experiencing some nice cold nights and cold days basically shutting down the run off and bringing the Wallowa River into prime fishing conditions again.  I have posted the Creel report from over the weekend below.  The numbers are […]

Wallowa River Fishing Conditions Report

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

 February 22nd 2017 We should be down catching Steelhead on the Wallowa River right now but the Wallowa River fishing conditions are not cooperating.  In a typical year this would be prime time for Wallowa River Steelhead Fishing but this year the weather and flows are all over the place.  We went from deep winter, […]

Fall Steelhead Fishing Wrap Up

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Fall Steelhead Fishing Season is a wrap: Fall steelhead fishing for summer run steelhead on the Grande Ronde has pretty much wrapped up. Are the fish still there? Absolutely. Traditionally, there are more fish here this time of year than in the warmer fall months. But, it is down right cold with water air temps […]

Grande Ronde River Steelhead Fishing Report 10/20/16

Friday, October 21st, 2016

  Grande Ronde River Steelhead Fishing Report Float Trip from Mud Creek to Troy, Oregon Date: October 20, 2016 Weather: Partly Cloudy with Light Wind 55F Water Temperature: 50F Flow: 1090 CFS & dropping on the Troy Gauge Water Conditions: 6′ visibility Gear: Sage Spey Flies: Grande Ronde River Rat size 2 Hatches Observed: NA Today’s […]

7 Fall & Winter Steelhead Flies for the Grande Ronde & Wallowa Rivers

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Are you planning a fall or winter trip to the Grande Ronde or Wallowa River to fly fish for steelhead? Not sure what patterns they might be hitting? In today’s posts, the steelhead guides at Winding Waters River Expeditions will share a few of their favorite patterns– telling you what they’ve learned in the 25+ […]